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International Monetary Fund. Research Dept.

The IMF Research Bulletin, a quarterly publication, selectively summarizes research and analytical work done by various departments at the IMF, and also provides a listing of research documents and other research-related activities, including conferences and seminars. The Bulletin is intended to serve as a summary guide to research done at the IMF on various topics, and to provide a better perspective on the analytical underpinnings of the IMF’s operational work.

MICHEL CAMDESSUS

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I am very pleased to welcome you to the Seventh Seminar on Central Banking, organized by the IMF Institute (INS) and the Monetary and Exchange Affairs (MAE) Department. These biennial seminars have become a tradition, and we in the International Monetary Fund (Fund) benefit greatly from this opportunity to bring together senior central bankers and policymakers to exchange ideas and develop collective thinking on current issues.

Garry J. Schinasi

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The objective of this book is to develop and present a framework for safeguarding financial stability. Part I reviews important logical foundations that show how the process of finance is related to real economic processes and why finance can and should be viewed as providing public goods and requiring forms of private-collective and public policy action. Part II proposes and develops a comprehensive and practical framework for safeguarding financial stability encompassing both the prevention and the resolution of financial imbalances, problems, and crises. Part III examines ongoing real world challenges to financial stability posed by recent structural financial changes such as the globalization of finance, the growing reliance on over-the-counter derivative instruments and markets, the growth of credit derivatives markets, and the capital market activities of insurance and reinsurance companies.

International Monetary Fund. Secretary's Department

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The period from May 2013 through April 2014—the IMF’s financial year 20141—saw the world economy reach a critical juncture: emerging from the greatest financial crisis in almost a hundred years. Recovery was taking hold but was too slow and faced many obstacles along the road. In her Global Policy Agenda, the IMF’s Managing Director set out bold policy steps that could overcome these obstacles and take the global economy toward more rapid and sustainable growth. The top priority was to strengthen the coherence of the policies and cooperation among policymakers, both at home and across borders: national prosperity and global prosperity are linked and depend, more than ever before, on countries working together. The IMF is indispensable for this global cooperation.