4The IMF's Role The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is a location to which member nations can go for expert economic advice.designed to foster trade among its member.the lender for member nations in short-term economic difficulty.not a lender for development purposes. (This is the function of the World Bank.)
5The IMF’s BirthAfter World War II the IMF was developed (with the United Nations, the World Bank and the Global Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) to foster economic growth.It was the brainchild of John Maynard Keynes.
6Trade Requires Currency Trade between countries is beneficial.International trade requires that the currency of the trading partners be exchanged.The market where people come to trade currencies is called the foreign exchange market.E.g. the production and export of a radio can require several currency transactions.
7Foreign Exchange Markets The demand for a currency (say the dollar) is also the supply of the other currency (say the yen).The supply for a currency (say the dollar) is also the demand of the other currency (say the yen).
8Modeling Foreign Exchange Price of Yuan inU.S.dollarsA curve which represents the willingness of those who have Yuan to trade them for U.S. dollarsequilibriumexchangerateA curve which represents thewillingness of those who haveYuan to trade them for U.S. dollarsQuantity of Yuan
9Who is the IMF and Where Does the Money Come From 184 nationsThe money that is loaned comes from quotas that are expressed in Special Drawing Rights (SDRs)a made up currency of the IMF that is comprised of a weighted average of the four major currencies of the world (dollar, yen, pound and Euro.)75% of the quota can be paid in the countries own currency, 25% must be paid in a hard currencycurrencies easily converted to U.S. Dollars or gold
10How Decisions are Made Voting is not one country one vote It is roughly 100,000 SDRs of quota one vote.This gives the US and Europe an important vote.
11What the IMF DoesThe IMF makes short term loans to countries in economic distress.If a nation requires a short term infusion of hard currency to make it so that trade can continue, the IMF makes the loan.A country can get its 25% hard currency contribution loaned back to it easily.
12The World BankThe World Bank’s job is to finance growth enabling investment in the poor countries of the world. (Bridges, wells, roads, irrigation systems, communication systems, health systems etc)The World Bank is not a bank in the conventional sense.It takes no deposits.It makes interest-free long-term loans with lenient termsLoans are designed to allow those countries to build the infrastructure necessary for growth.
13Measuring Poverty in the Third World “Poor” is defined in two similar waysthe percentage of a countries population that lives onless than $2 per dayless than $1 per day.using the $2 per day standard nearly 3 billion people in the world are poor.
14The Asian Financial Crisis: The Cause Part I Large investments in Asia from the Europe and Japan.Banks in Asia did not hedge (taking an investment position so that changes in prices or exchange rates do not alter the advisability of a business decision) their foreign exchange position.These banks borrowed hard currency and loaned out local currency.
15The Asian Financial Crisis: The Cause Part II Thailand exchange rate with the dollar was not at a sustainable level.The Thai government attempted to maintain the currencies value by buying it with hard currency.Their hard currency ran out and they were forced to devalue it.Because of the devaluation, banks were unable to pay back the loans in hard currency.Capital fled Asia as more nations were unable to sustain their exchange rates.
16The IMF to the Rescue?The IMF loaned the Asian nations large sums of hard currency with conditions.The conditions were that they tighten their banking policies and credit to their banks.This prevented stable companies in Asia from getting lines of credit and threatened their stability.
17The IMF to the Rescue!Had the IMF not made the original loans the problem probably would have been worse.Asian currencies dropped by 50% relative to hard currencies within a few weeks. This could have been worse.