Why Capital Controls Are Important?

By Kavaljit Singh | Policy Brief # 2 | January 10, 2019

The massive surge in capital inflows to emerging market economies (EMEs) following the 2008 global financial crisis has reignited the debate on the pros and cons of international capital mobility. While free movement of capital across borders can reduce the cost of capital, enable investments and allow investors to diversify their portfolio, it can…

What Are Capital Controls?

By Kavaljit Singh | Policy Brief # 1 | January 2, 2019

Capital controls are back in fashion. In the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, there is a renewed interest in capital controls as useful policy tools to prevent or mitigate financial crises. It is increasingly being acknowledged in policy circles that capital controls could insulate the domestic economy from volatile capital flows, due…

CSOs Demand a Complete Overhaul of the ISDS System

By CSOs | Letter | October 30, 2018

More than 300 civil society groups and trade unions from 73 countries – including Madhyam – have urged governments participating in United Nations meetings in Vienna this week to completely overhaul the controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system contained within many international trade and investment agreements. Released on October 30, their public letter is…

The IMF Needs to be More Flexible about Capital Controls

By Kavaljit Singh | Letter (FT) | October 18, 2018

Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus, central bank governor of Malaysia, rightly warns against the deeply-rooted stigma attached to capital controls that can be helpful in pre-empting financial crises  (“Malaysia backs option of capital controls”, October 17).  As many emerging market economies in Asia and elsewhere are currently grappling with the challenges posed by volatile capital flows…

Reform the IMF to Reflect New Economic Landscape

By Kavaljit Singh | Letter (FT) | September 21, 2018

Martin Sandbu rightly warns about the diminishing role of the IMF as a crisis manager (Free Lunch, September 19). The challenges faced by the fund are much bigger than its lack of financial resources to put out fires. The current financial market turmoil in Argentina shows the IMF’s standby loan of $50bn — the largest ever…