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Grenada:First Review Under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement and Financing Assurances Review-Staff Report; Press Release

by International Monetary Fund. West Dept.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Extended Credit Facility (ECF) Arrangement: On June 26th, 2014, the Executive Board approved a three-year arrangement for a total amount equivalent to SDR 14.04 million (about US$21.7 million,...


Iceland: Technical Assistance Report - IPSAS in Iceland:Towards Enhanced Fiscal Transparency

by International Monetary Fund. Fisc Dept.

In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after...


Sudan:2014 Article IV Consultation and Second Review Under Staff-Monitored Program-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Directo

by International Monetary Fund. Midd Dept.

KEY ISSUES Context: Sudan’s economy has yet to recover from the shock of South Sudan’s secession three years ago, which took away three-quarters of oil production, half of its fiscal revenues, and two-thirds...


Tunisia:Fifth Review Under the Stand-By Arrangement, Request for Modification of Performance Criteria, and Rephasing of Access-Staff Report; Press Rel

by International Monetary Fund. Midd Dept.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Context. On June 7, 2013, the Executive Board approved a 24-month Stand-By Arrangement in an amount equivalent to 400 percent of quota (SDR 1.146 billion or about $1.75 billion). To date, SDR...


Global Content Strategy

by Val Swisher

When you want to engage customers, you must have great content that speaks to them in their language. Success in foreign markets takes research, planning, and sensitivity regarding the culture, expectations,...


Financial Frictions in Data:Evidence and Impact

by Marzie Taheri Sanjani

This paper investigates financial frictions in US postwar data to understand the interaction between the real business cycle and the credit market. A Bayesian estimation technique is used to estimate a large...


Market Signals and the Cost of Credit Risk Protection:An Analysis of CDS Settlement Auctions

by L. Zanforlin & Nobuyuki Kanazawa

We study the link between the probability of default implied by Credit Default Swaps (CDS) spreads and the final prices of the defaulted bonds as established at the CDS settlement auctions. We observe that the...


Spillovers from United States Monetary Policy on Emerging Markets:Different This Time?

by Jiaqian Chen & Tommaso Mancini Griffoli

The impact of monetary policy in large advanced countries on emerging market economies—dubbed spillovers—is hotly debated in global and national policy circles. When the U.S. resorted to unconventional monetary...


Honduras: Request for a Stand-by Arrangement and an Arrangement Under the Standby Credit Facility:Staff Report; Press Release

by International Monetary Fund. West Dept.

The government of President Hernandez inherited a difficult macroeconomic situation upon taking office in January 2014. Economic growth decelerated significantly in 2013, driven mainly by lower private demand...


St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Request for Disbursement Under the Rapid Credit Facility and Purchase Under the Rapid Financing Instrument:Staff Repor

by International Monetary Fund. West Dept.

On December 24, 2013, a tropical trough system impacted St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The heavy rains resulted in severe floods and landslides, with damages and losses estimated to be equivalent to about 15...


Jamaica: Sixth Review Under the Extended Fund Facility and Request for Modification of Performance Criteria:Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement

by International Monetary Fund. West Dept.

Discussions centered on the preparations for the 2015/16 budget, and reforms to strengthen the financial sector and boost growth. The authorities have deepened their efforts in supporting their ambitious fiscal...


Uganda: Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper:Progress Report

by International Monetary Fund. Afri Dept.

In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after...


Pakistan:Fourth and Fifth Reviews Under the Extended Arrangement  and Request for Waivers of Nonobservance of Performance Criteria

by International Monetary Fund. Midd Dept.

A 36 month, SDR 4,393 million (425 percent of quota) Extended Arrangement under the EFF was approved by the Executive Board on September 4, 2013 and the third review was completed on June 27, 2014, with a total...


A Simple Macroprudential Liquidity Buffer

by Daniel C. Hardy & Philipp Hochreiter

A mechanism is proposed that aims to reduce the risk of a banking sector liquidity crisis—which is a quintessentially systemic event and thus the object of macroprudential policy—and moderate the effects...


Seychelles:First Review under the Extended Arrangement and Request for Modification of Performance Criteria-Staff Report; Press Release

by International Monetary Fund. Afri Dept.

Program implementation and economic fundamentals continue to be strong, but the external position weakened in mid-2014. Projected growth for 2014 has been revised down to 2.8 percent from 3.7 percent, due to...


The Size Distribution of Manufacturing Plants and Development

by Siddharth Kothari

The typical size distribution of manufacturing plants in developing countries has a thick left tail compared to developed countries. The same holds across Indian states, with richer states having a much smaller...


Côte d'Ivoire: Sixth Review Under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement and Requests for Waiver of Nonobservance of Performance Criterion, Augmenta

by International Monetary Fund. Afri Dept.

All end-June performance criteria and indicative targets under the ECF arrangement were met, and all structural benchmarks were completed, albeit with minor delays. However, there was a nonobservance of the...


The Reinvention  of Marketing

by Deborah Malone

The marketing industry is undergoing dramatic transformation brought about by technology, globalization, and shifting economics. "The reinvention of marketing" is becoming a more critical issue as the industry...


Finance & Development, December 2014

by International Monetary Fund. Exte Dept.

For the latest thinking about the international financial system, monetary policy, economic development, poverty reduction, and other critical issues, subscribe to Finance & Development (F&D). This lively quarterly...


Corporate Vulnerabilities in India and Banks' Loan Performance

by Peter Lindner & Sung Eun Jung

The financial performance of India's corporate sector has been under pressure since the Global Financial Crisis. Balance-sheet data on a large cross-section of Indian non-financial corporates show that the growth...