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International Monetary Fund. Monetary and Capital Markets Department

Abstract

Published twice yearly, the Global Financial Stability Report (GFSR) was created to provide a more frequent assessment of global financial markets by the IMF and to address emerging market financing in a global context. It provides timely analysis of developments in both mature and emerging market countries and seeks to identify potential fault lines in the global financial system that could lead to crisis. The GFSR aims to deepen its readers’ understanding of global capital flows, which play a critical role as an engine of world economic growth. Of key value, the report focuses on current conditions in global financial markets, highlighting issues of financial imbalances, and of a structural nature, that could pose risks to financial market stability and sustained market access by emerging market borrowers.

International Monetary Fund. Monetary and Capital Markets Department

whether to enter a market. Some investors assess liquidity in an emerging market by the amount of stocks or bonds they can buy and sell within a day, by how big a position they can take with a minimal effect on price, and by how wide the bid/ask spread is. Metrics include the average daily turn-over of a particular security, how the market has reacted during past periods of stress, and the proportion of the free float of shares. Another important indicator for fixed-income securities is the liquidity of the repo market, because, without it, trades in the cash market