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Mr. Roger Nord

For the latest thinking about the international financial system, monetary policy, economic development, poverty reduction, and other critical issues, subscribe to Finance & Development (F&D). This lively quarterly magazine brings you in-depth analyses of these and other subjects by the IMF’s own staff as well as by prominent international experts. Articles are written for lay readers who want to enrich their understanding of the workings of the global economy and the policies and activities of the IMF.

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

On February 20, the finance ministers and central bank governors of the Group of Seven industrial countries met in Bonn to review developments in the world economy and to discuss issues of the international financial architecture. In their communiqué, the Group of Seven urged Japan and Europe to contribute to world growth through a strengthening of their economies. The communiqué also affirmed the Group of Seven’s commitment to pursue “policies to help avoid excess volatility and significant misalignment of exchange rates of major currencies” and pledged to “continue to monitor developments in exchange markets and cooperate as appropriate”

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

Despite their importance in macroeconomic policymaking and financial stability analyses, high-quality data on real estate indicators are scarce in many countries, and internationally comparable data do not exist. As a first step toward creating reliable real estate indicators, the IMF’s Statistics Department and the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) hosted a two-day conference on October 27-28 for officials and analysts from central banks, statistical institutes, international institutions, academia, and the private sector. Russell Krueger and Subramanian S. Sriram report on the proceedings of the confer-ence—the first of its kind at the international level.

Mr. David M. Cheney

The Web edition of the IMF Survey is updated several times a week, and contains a wealth of articles about topical policy and economic issues in the news. Access the latest IMF research, read interviews, and listen to podcasts given by top IMF economists on important issues in the global economy.

Frank Adelmann, Ms. Jennifer A. Elliott, Ibrahim Ergen, Tamas Gaidosch, Nigel Jenkinson, Mr. Tanai Khiaonarong, Anastasiia Morozova, Nadine Schwarz, and Christopher Wilson
The ability of attackers to undermine, disrupt and disable information and communication technology systems used by financial institutions is a threat to financial stability and one that requires additional attention.