International Monetary Fund. Communications Department
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
This paper presents fall-winter 2019 catalog of varied IMF publications. The External Sector Report presents a methodologically consistent assessment of the exchange rates, current accounts, reserves, capital flows, and external balance sheets of the world's largest economies. The 2019 edition includes an analytical assessment of how trade costs and related policy barriers drive excess global imbalances. The global financial crisis highlighted the need for dedicated macroprudential policy tools to safeguard financial stability and mitigate systemic risk. The Macroprudential Policy Survey is a free and regularly updated database capturing information on the policy tools in use by the IMF's membership. Countries are asked to report measures in line with the general definition of macroprudential policy: 'the use of primarily prudential tools to limit systemic risk.' This new database also features information on the institutional arrangements supporting macroprudential policy in IMF member countries. The survey information fills an important data gap for researchers and policymakers. It can be used to support research in this emerging area. It will also help policymakers learn about the design of other IMF members' policy measures. The World Economic Outlook presents the IMF staff's analysis of prospects for the global economy.