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Mr. Kevin Ross

Switzerland’s unique monetary policy framework, which targets an interest rate determined in another country, has helped to shield the nonfinancial sector of the Swiss economy from the recent turbulence in financial markets.

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

On April 7, the IMF’s Executive Board endorsed a new package of measures to set the institution’s finances on a sound long-term footing, ending the IMF’s overreliance on income from lending operations to finance its work.

Mr. Simon T Gray and Mr. Peter Stella

The IMF is assessing the different approaches taken by the major central banks in response to financial market turmoil sparked by the subprime crisis. This will allow the IMF to help draw lessons for developing a more effective liquidity management framework.

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

Latin America has been growing at its fastest sustained pace in more than three decades. Part of that success is attributable to solid economic policies, but part is due to benign external factors: strong global growth, high commodity prices, and favorable financial conditions.

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

The United Kingdom’s macroeconomic performance over the past decade has been enviable. Not only has it secured the highest per capita GDP growth among the Group of Seven major industrial countries (see Chart 1), but it has done so with the lowest volatility while maintaining low and stable unemployment and inflation.

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

Iceland is experiencing an economic boom—driven by an expansion of the aluminum sector—that is generating large imbalances, the IMF said in its recent economic review. Strong domestic demand, reflecting rapidly growing investment and private consumption, is causing the economy to overheat and leading to high inflation and record-high current account deficits. Financial market volatility in Iceland has also increased in response to international investors’ concern about the risks associated with macroeconomic imbalances and potential financial sector vulnerabilities.