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Chart of the WeekTop 5 Charts of Summer

By IMFBlog Español, Português Our data nerds have been hard at work over the summer and we have taken a dive into the numbers beneath the surface of the daily headlines. Housing prices, powerful companies, corruption, and more have been on our sonar.   So you can catch up and learn more about the stories below the waterline, our editors have chosen the best from our Chart of the Week series on the blog over the past few months.  Housing prices, powerful companies, corruption, and more...

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chart of the weekFuel for Thought: Ditch the Subsidies

By IMFBlog Pensions, education, healthcare, better infrastructure, technology, and climate change: fiscal policymakers have their work cut out for them on many fronts.  Whether you live in a rapidly aging advanced economy,  or a low-income or emerging market economy with a young, booming population, all these issues matter for you.  As the Fiscal Monitor in April 2019 shows, government policies on taxes and spending have to adapt and should shift to growth-enhancing investment.  This means,...

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Chart of the WeekCanada’s Housing Market Slowdown

By IMFBlog Following a period of escalating prices, Canada’s housing market is cooling. Measures designed to strengthen financial stability such as more stringent tests of borrowers’ ability to repay their loans, along with higher interest rates, combined to make mortgage financing more expensive. As a result, residential mortgage credit slowed to just 3.4 percent annual growth in December 2018. Nationwide, house prices are 2.5 percent lower than the peak in mid-2018. This week’s chart of...

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chart of the weekUS$100 Bill on the Rise

By IMFBlog A curious thing has happened in US currency: the $100 bill recently overtook the ubiquitous $1 bill in circulation volume, for the first time in history. In other words, the most valuable banknote in the United States became the most widely circulated. As we show in our chart of the week, based on an article in the IMF’s Finance & Development magazine, there are more $100 bills circulating now than ever before, roughly doubling in volume since the global financial crisis....

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Chart of The WeekThe Price of Capital Goods and the Threat to Investment

By IMFBlog Español, Português Over the past three decades, the prices of machinery and equipment have fallen sharply relative to overall prices. Rising trade and sweeping technological improvements have led to more efficient production of capital goods. This has helped countries around the world raise real investment and improve living standards. However, trade tensions and sluggish productivity growth could slow the decline in the relative price of machinery and equipment, which would...

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Chart of the WeekGrowing Through Education in Nigeria

By Vivian Malta and Monique Newiak Our chart of the week, drawn from the IMF’s 2019 economic health check for Nigeria, highlights substantial inequality in access to education between girls and boys, and between rich and poor. It is widely accepted that addressing educational gaps results in rapid and large benefits for children, their families, communities, and the country more broadly.   Limited schooling for girls According to a survey conducted by the Nigeria Bureau of...

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Chart of the WeekMapping the World’s Financial Weak Spots

By IMFBlog Español, Português Where will the next financial crisis come from? The short answer is: We don’t know. We can, however, look for vulnerabilities in the system that, if left untreated, can develop into problems. What do we mean by a vulnerability? It is an area of weakness that can amplify and spread an unexpected economic shock, increasing the level of risk to the financial system. Imagine the impact of an earthquake on a house built on sand, as opposed to bedrock. In the...

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China Deepens Global Finance Links as It Joins Benchmark Indexes

By Sally Chen, Dimitris Drakopoulos, and Rohit Goel 中文, 日本語 China is embarking on the next stage of its integration into global financial markets. It is a stage that is likely to see a fresh flood of overseas investment, improved liquidity, better governance, and a broader range of instruments. The catalyst: inclusion of Chinese stocks and bonds in a larger number of global financial-market indexes. As Chinese securities are added, investment managers who seek to match or surpass the...

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Chart of the WeekThe Rise of Powerful Companies

By IMFBlog People are concerned that the rising power of big successful companies could lower capital investment, weaken productivity, and reduce people’s take-home pay. While rising corporate market power has had a fairly limited negative economic impact so far, if left unchecked, it could take a bigger toll on growth and people’s income. Our Chart of the Week from the April World Economic Outlook analyzes nearly 1 million companies from 27 advanced and emerging market economies since the...

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Chart of the Week House Prices Are Up: Should We Be Happy?

By IMFBlog Español, Português House prices around the world have recovered smartly since the 2008 global financial crisis. Depending on where you live, that may or may not be a good thing. IMF research shows that there is a tight link between movements in house prices, on the one hand, and economic and financial stability, on the other. In fact, more than half of the banking crises in recent decades were preceded by boom-bust cycles in house prices. So it’s no wonder that central bankers...

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