By Tobias Adrian, Financial Counsellor and Director of the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets Department

Despite a global economic crisis comparable only to the Great Depression, near-term financial stability risks have been contained with the help of unprecedented monetary policy easing and massive fiscal support across the globe. But many economies had pre-existing vulnerabilities – which are now intensifying, representing potential headwinds to the recovery.

Extraordinary policy measures have stabilized markets, boosted investors’ sentiment, and maintained the flow of credit to the global economy. Critically, these measures helped prevent a slowing economy and sliding financial markets from feeding on each other in a destructive vicious cycle.

The rebound in asset prices and the easing in global financial conditions have benefited not only advanced economies, but also emerging markets. In addition, unlike in previous crises, emerging markets this time were also able to respond by cutting policy rates, injecting liquidity and,

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CANBY, Ore., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — When The Kotter Group, a Georgia-based technology company, introduced Bridge to the market in 2017, it was among the first to launch integration for its VoIP components into HawkSoft’s agency management system. With the release of Bridge Version 3, the business communication platform is now using HawkSoft’s Partner API to drive a richer integrated experience for VoIP, CRM, and marketing automation. Client and policy data can now automatically sync in the background. This will eliminate double entry and fuel workflows in Bridge.

Bridge users are able to fully utilize their virtual goldmine of client and policy data in HawkSoft with Bridge’s robust marketing platform. For example, users can generate nuanced lists by combining conditions and filters, and use these lists to launch automated marketing campaigns. Bridge’s marketing options include emails, text messages, pre-recorded audio calling, video messages, and more.

“Bridge encompasses

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Even though the new I-59/20 bridges are open to traffic, construction continues under the bridge decks to create CityWalk BHAM. Dirt work and excavation is underway now.



a view of a large building: View from along Ninth Ave. North near 18th Street. The I-59/20 Central Business District (CBD) Interchange and Bridge Replacement Project continue in downtown Birmingham with work under the bridges which will be the site for CityWalk BHAM.


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View from along Ninth Ave. North near 18th Street. The I-59/20 Central Business District (CBD) Interchange and Bridge Replacement Project continue in downtown Birmingham with work under the bridges which will be the site for CityWalk BHAM.



a large building: View of the construction at the eastern end of the project a block west of Carraway Blvd. The I-59/20 Central Business District (CBD) Interchange and Bridge Replacement Project continue in downtown Birmingham with work under the bridges which will be the site for CityWalk BHAM.


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View of the construction at the eastern end of the project a block west of Carraway Blvd. The I-59/20 Central Business District (CBD) Interchange and Bridge Replacement Project continue in downtown Birmingham with work under the bridges which will be the site for CityWalk BHAM.

This is part of the I-59/20 Central Business District (CBD) Interchange and Bridge Replacement Project that built the new bridge decks last year through Birmingham.

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The city of Gulf Breeze is looking to mitigate the devastating impact of the Pensacola Bay Bridge closure with a Halloween-inspired small business celebration Oct. 31. 



a sign on the side of a road: The Pensacola Bay Bridge entrances are barricaded as it remains closed after being damaged by a loose Skanska barge during Hurricane Sally in Gulf Breeze on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.


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The Pensacola Bay Bridge entrances are barricaded as it remains closed after being damaged by a loose Skanska barge during Hurricane Sally in Gulf Breeze on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.

The event, which has not yet been officially approved by the City Council, could take place on the Gulf Breeze High School football field or on Daniel Drive. It is aimed at bringing together locally owned businesses that have been negatively impacted by the closure of the Pensacola Bay Bridge, which will be closed for at least the next six months as crews work to repair damage from Hurricane Sally. 

“It would make it so merchants or restaurants can come and set up booths and such, and introduce themselves or

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Light streams through the windows at the new Spice Bridge Food Hall in Tukwila, further illuminating the butter-yellow walls. The air is filled with the scent of grilled chicken kebabs and coffee, but perhaps the best part is the sound of laughter from women chatting.

Kara Martin, program director for the Food Innovation Network (FIN), gestures to the ceiling, remarking on the need to get some sound baffles, but for now the symphony of laughter is the welcome sound of success.

Spice Bridge is the home of FIN’s Food Business Incubator, a program that helps provide women immigrants and refugees in South King County with everything from permit assistance and marketing guidance to rent subsidies and mentoring.

https://www.seattletimes.com/Spice Bridge, a 2,800-square-foot Tukwila global food hall, is home to four retail stalls and cook stations, a commercial kitchen and dining area.   (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
Spice Bridge, a 2,800-square-foot Tukwila global food hall, is home to four retail stalls and cook stations, a commercial kitchen and dining area. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

FIN is a program

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Some had their first kiss there. Others proposed to their soulmates. But most moseyed across, taking in the views, dodging spider webs and fish guts, and enjoying the cool breeze from over the top of the water.

The River Parks Authority opened up its old pedestrian bridge near Zink Dam one last time this weekend for family photo shoots before its reconstruction commences, and organizers said the flood of RSVPs for time slots solidly grounded the decision.

“Every person in Tulsa has a story about this bridge,” volunteer Bruce Smith said.

The former railroad crossing dates to 1917 but was converted to a pedestrian bridge in 1975.

Professional photographer Laurie Biby, who took the portraits and is a member of the Authority’s advisory board, said the slots initially spanned two hours, but as responses poured in, they decided to expand the opportunity across two days.

Some subjects came pushed in

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