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  • When the Federal Reserve announced last week that it would buy $600 billion in Treasury bonds to help bolster the economy, it quickly came under attack from Germany, Brazil and China. But the Fed’s plans earned a hearty endorsement from at least one foreign trade partner — India. The NYT reports.

  • The US Congress should focus on a medium-term plan to cut government debt to dispel fears about the world's biggest economy, Olivier Blanchard, IMF chief economist, told CNBC Thursday.

  • Digging Down on The 800 Pound Debt Gorilla Monday, 11 Oct 2010 | 8:33 AM ET

    For the first time in living memory, government spending has become a major issue. In the past, Republicans would run against taxes and Democrats against spending cuts, with neither party really running hard against spending. This had the predictable result of lowering taxes, raising spending, and inflating the public debt.

  • With Greece hitting its marks on the financial bailout earlier this year, it is now taking steps to streamline business and investment processes to promote growth, the country’s finance minister, George Papaconstantinou, told CNBC Thursday.

  • Currency Signs

    Growth in advanced economies has hit a road bump and using quantitative easing (QE) measures will not help them to speed up growth, said Olivier Blanchard, chief economist of the International Monetary Fund.

  • US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will call on emerging nations to show more flexibility on currencies in exchange for a greater say in international financial institutions, a Treasury official told CNBC Wednesday.

  • IMF Chief Warns on Exchange Rate Wars Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 | 6:31 AM ET
    IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn

    The head of the International Monetary Fund has warned that governments are risking a currency war if they try to use exchange rates to solve domestic problems, reports the Financial Times.

  • Greek Bank Stress Tests Delayed Monday, 20 Sep 2010 | 6:01 AM ET

    The international community has postponed bank stress tests for Greece to give the country breathing space as Athens prepares to test the success of its European roadshow last week by raising more money in the capital markets.

  • US Adopts Tougher Stance on China Thursday, 16 Sep 2010 | 8:06 AM ET
    Tim Geithner in China

    Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, in separate hearings before House and Senate panels, plans to acknowledge on Thursday that China has kept the value of its currency, the renminbi, artificially low to help its exports and has largely failed to improve the situation as it promised to do in June.

  • Germany Asks US to Give Up Its IMF Veto Wednesday, 15 Sep 2010 | 5:40 AM ET
    Reichstag Parliment building, Berlin, Germany

    The suggestion, which experts say will be strongly opposed by the US, addresses a politically highly symbolic dispute about voting power and seats on the fund’s executive board.  The FT reports.

  • No Double Dip, Stimulus Did Help: IMF Chief Monday, 13 Sep 2010 | 9:50 AM ET
    IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn

    There is unlikely to be a double-dip recession, while the fact that stimulus spending was helpful in containing the crisis is undisputable, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), told CNBC Monday.

  • IMF's Lipsky Says Moderate World Recovery Underway Sunday, 5 Sep 2010 | 9:10 AM ET

    The world economy is recovering moderately but still faces challenges such as the  need for medium-term fiscal consolidation, the IMF's First Managing Director, John Lipsky, said on Sunday.

  • International Monetary Fund Warns G7 on Debt Thursday, 2 Sep 2010 | 3:34 AM ET

    The world’s most developed economies, which have been racking up spending since the mid-1960s, face record levels of debt as a result of the 2008-9 financial crisis and have little room for maneuver, the International Monetary Fund warned on Wednesday. The New York Times reports.

  • Sovereign Debt Crisis Still a Challenge: Axel Weber Friday, 27 Aug 2010 | 12:31 PM ET

    While immediate market tensions have mostly passed, the sovereign debt crisis continues to be a challenge in Europe and fiscal consolidation is an important “long-term project,” said Axel Weber, president of the Deutsche Bundesbank.

  • Chinese Economy Strong? Depends Who You Ask Thursday, 29 Jul 2010 | 6:39 PM ET
    China Trade

    It’s a week of dueling predictions for the Chinese economy—in a debate that pits the International Monetary Fund against one of the most successful investors in the hedge fund sector.

  • Could Stress Tests Be Europe's Last Chance? Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 4:30 PM ET

    Friday at noon, New York time, 91 banks in Europe will reveal how strong they would be if the region went back into recession over the next two years and the sovereign debt they hold plunged in value.

  • European Stress Tests Lacking in Details Tuesday, 20 Jul 2010 | 2:39 AM ET

    Whereas critics of the US bank stress tests complained that there were too many details, the concern about European tests is that there are too few.

  • Bullish Investors Push Stocks Higher Thursday, 8 Jul 2010 | 6:13 PM ET

    A third straight day of gains had the bulls claiming victory over the bears. But how long will it last?

  • Japan Vulnerable to Debt Crisis in 5-10 Years: Rogoff Thursday, 8 Jul 2010 | 12:32 AM ET

    Japan is vulnerable to a sovereign debt crisis in five to 10 years from now, warned Kenneth Rogoff, former chief economist the International Monetary Fund.

  • Spain's Secretary of State for the Economy Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 | 3:37 PM ET
    Spain

    Moody’s Investors Service may cut Spain’s credit rating as much as two levels. The rating agency is currently reviewing Spain’s AAA foreign and local currency sovereign bond ratings. Spain continues to face fiscal challenges and falling growth expectations.