Detail matters when monitoring external imbalances – IMF research

International Monetary Fund Headquarters 2, Washington, DC
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Many countries have significant external vulnerabilities and some have seen them worsen in the Covid-19 crisis, says the International Monetary Fund.

The latest external sector report, published on August 4, also presents research highlighting the importance of going beyond headline figures in understanding risks in international investment positions.

The report highlights how some 40% of jurisdictions have “excessive” imbalances in their current accounts, either deficits or surpluses.

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