global-economy

This one number explains how China is taking over the world

China's renminbi is now the No. 2 currency for global trade finance. Here's why that matters for the global economy.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Dec 3, 2013

Global growth is slowing down at the worst possible time

The latest World Economic Outlook from the IMF is depressing.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Oct 8, 2013

The world’s top economic policymakers are meeting in Wyoming. Here’s what to expect.

Jackson Hole will have a different feel this year, with a changing of the guard underway at the top central banks. Here's what they will be talking about.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Aug 22, 2013

India’s currency is collapsing. Is it Ben Bernanke’s fault?

Here's what the selloff in emerging markets has to do with the Federal Reserve.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Aug 20, 2013

Stephen King’s latest horror tale: The future of the global economy

Here's what the HSBC economist has to say about the future of the global economy.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Aug 5, 2013

A very clear explanation of China’s economic woes

Patrick Chovanec explains how the world's second-biggest economy can fix itself.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jul 16, 2013

Ouch! The IMF now expects slower global economic growth than it did in April.

Here's what the IMF is expecting to happen in the major world economies this year.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Jul 9, 2013

The surprising reason we need more women in the global workforce

Could more women in the workforce make for a more stable and prosperous global economy? Key IMF officials think so.

  • Katerina Sokou
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  • Jul 2, 2013

Study: The United States has a less open economy than Romania

The United is only the 38th most open economy in the world, according to a study from the International Chamber of Commerce.

How China, Brazil and other emerging nations could save the world economy

Here's what HSBC's emerging markets survey has to say about the pattern of growth coming from the world's developing nations. It's promising!

The era of austerity is over (for now)

Three years ago, in the Canadian Arctic, global leaders made a pivot toward austerity, in Washington this month, they seem to have moved the other direction.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Apr 29, 2013

What’s really happening at the IMF/World Bank spring meetings? More than you think.

Is there aspiration overload in the sprawling series of meetings happening in Washington this week?

How do we fix the global economy? Here’s the answer from the secretive group of 30 bankers that runs the world.

They are 30 men who exert vast power over the world financial system. Here's what they think the global economy needs for long-term growth.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Feb 11, 2013

The U.S. economy is slowing down, and 8 other takeaways from the new IMF forecast

A guided tour of the world economy, courtesy of the IMF.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jan 23, 2013

The global economy isn’t falling apart. The U.S. might be.

Worldwide manufacturing indexes are pointing up, and odds of a global recession look increasingly remote.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Dec 3, 2012

Less money, mo’ problems: What China, the U.S., and Europe have in common

China, the U.S., and Europe are all trying to fix their problems without being forced to by financial markets. Will it work?

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Nov 15, 2012