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IMF Meeting 2011

  • Pressure to Take the Lead Tuesday, 20 Sep 2011 | 4:43 PM ET
    Christine Lagarde and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    The IMF  has thus far played a supporting role to the European Union  in tackling the sovereign debt crisis; some analysts say that needs to change—starting this week.

  • Lagarde Prepares for Starring Role In Greek Drama Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 12:24 PM ET
    International Monetary Fund Director Christine Lagarde

    Christine Lagarde's leadership of the IMF is not quite three months- but there's simmering debate over whether the IMF can stage-manage the seemingly inevitable Greek debt default without turning it into a global financial crisis.

  • Asia Still Looking For a Bigger Voice Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 1:09 PM ET
    Zhu Min, deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), speaks during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China.

    The appointment of a former Chinese central bank official, Zhu Min as a deputy managing director at the IMF was meant to increase Asia's voice at the Fund. But some current and former policymakers, say the region remains under-represented.

  • 24/7 Global Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 11:47 AM ET

    Questions about a post-Strauss Kahn IMF will no doubt be unwelcome, but the dire state of play in Europe, not to mention the dreary U.S. landscape, present compelling, alternative story lines.

  • POLL: Crisis Management Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 | 1:04 PM ET

    The IMF has been credited with alleviating past financial crises  - but has the IGO been helpful this time around?

  • A Different Role In Asia Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 7:21 PM ET

    The International Monetary Fund finds itself front-and-center in dealing with Europe’s debt crisis, urging banks to recapitalize and policymakers to begin to aggressively address the problem. In Asia, however, the Fund finds itself in a completely different role, limited to monitoring and consulting with economies that seem relatively sheltered—at least for now—from the global crisis.

  • CNBC Poll: What Should IMF Leader Lagarde Do? Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 11:46 AM ET
    IMF and World Bank Meeting - A CNBC Special Report

    The newly appointed IMF leader Christine Lagarde is expected to help pull Europe away from an economic cliff. What should she do?

  • CNBC Poll: Whom Does the IMF Serve? Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 11:47 AM ET
    IMF and World Bank Meeting - A CNBC Special Report

    Between dominate G7 voting rights, and historical European leadership, is the IMF overly weighted towards Western interests?

  • G-20 Debt Crisis Approach: Some Talk, But Little Action Saturday, 24 Sep 2011 | 1:34 PM ET

    Those looking for answers from this week's World Bank/IMF conference were presented only with more questions and vague reassurances that global policy leaders are acutely aware of the problems and prepared to act.

  • Euro Debt Crisis Is Worse Than US in 2008: George Soros Saturday, 24 Sep 2011 | 4:51 PM ET
    George Soros

    Europe lacks the same mechanisms that the US had to deal with its financial crisis three years ago, making the dangers even greater, billionaire investor and activist George Soros said.

  • Lost in much of the rancor and hand-wringing over the debt crisis in the European Union and the US is that it's not just those two regions that will be affected.

  • European policymakers, stung by criticism for failing to stem the euro zone debt crisis, began working on new ways to stop fallout from Greece's near-bankruptcy from potentially upsetting the world economy.

  • Can Strauss-Kahn Climb the Heights of Politics Again? Tuesday, 20 Sep 2011 | 4:49 AM ET
    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MAY 10: International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves the Second Annual Conference of International Monetary Fund held at the Baur au Lac Hotel on May 10, 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland. The conference hosted by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), brought together central bank governors and senior policymakers, to debat about the reform of the international monetary system with topics such as global liquidity p

    As his former colleagues at the International Monetary Fund gather this week, the scandal surrounding Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be a specter in the background.

  • IMF Aficionado? Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 12:14 PM ET

    How much do you know about the IMF and the World Bank? Test your knowledge.

  • The World's Biggest Debtor Nations Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012 | 10:28 AM ET
    Throughout the financial crisis, many national economies have looked to their government and foreign lenders for financial support, which translates to increased spending, borrowing and in most cases, growing national debt.Deficit spending, government debt and private sector borrowing are the norm in most western countries, but due in part to the financial crisis, some nations and economies are in considerably worse debt positions than others.External debt is a measure of a nation's foreign liab

    Some nations around the globe are in considerably worse debt positions than others. Here are nations with the world's greatest debts.

  • Workers Country By Country Wednesday, 24 Mar 2010 | 11:42 AM ET
    Depending on country of residence, dramatic differences exist in the working lives of citizens from different nations. CNBC.com took a look at several major factors that can significantly affect the quality of work life - average income, income taxes, retirement age, average work week and average vacation days - over 22 select countries around the world to compare how these factors vary. The characteristics of a working life within a country also have an effect on the macroeconomic situation, su

    Depending on country of residence, dramatic differences exist in the working lives of citizens from different nations. CNBC.com took a look at several major factors that can significantly affect the quality of work life — average income, income taxes, retirement age, average work week and average vacation days — over 22 select countries around the world.

  • The IMF: CNBC Explains Monday, 16 May 2011 | 3:38 PM ET
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters building is seen in Washington, DC.

    The IMF, or International Monetary Fund, is an intergovernmental agency that works to keep exchange rates and the international system of payments stable.

  • World’s Most Popular Business Cities Monday, 15 Aug 2011 | 9:13 PM ET
    A shift in economic growth from the West to emerging markets over the past decade has led to the emergence of new business hubs across the world.Regions such as Asia, the Middle East and South America have seen rapid economic growth, coupled with improved infrastructure, and in some cases, lighter regulation. Multinational organizations have rushed to capitalize on this, increasing the number of people they hire in these countries and setting up new offices in emerging markets. For example, bank

    Here's a look at the top business hubs in the world, based on research by global real estate firm CB Richard Ellis.

  • The World's Safest Banks 2011 Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 11:39 AM ET
    In a global economy that has been plagued by troubles in the world’s financial systems, the words “safe” and “bank” still give investors pause. The shakeup of banking systems around the world raises the question: "Which banks are the safest?" These rankings are being published first on CNBC.com. For the past 20 years, has compiled a list of the World’s 50 Safest Banks, and in the current environment of increased regulation and oversight, long-term safety of banks is of key interest. According to

    In a global economy that has been plagued by troubles in the world’s financial systems, the words “safe” and “bank” still give investors pause. The shakeup of banking systems around the world raises the question: "Which banks are the safest?"

  • IMF Warns of 'Weak and Bumpy' Global Recovery Tuesday, 20 Sep 2011 | 11:44 AM ET

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned global economic recovery would be “weak and bumpy” and said the global economy was slowing on Tuesday, as it slashed its growth forecast to 4 percent for both 2011 and 2012.

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