Definition: International Monetary Fund
Organization established by international treaty in 1945 to promote monetary cooperation among its members. Its statutory purposes include promoting the balanced growth of international trade, stability of exchange rates and the maintenance of orderly exchange arrangements among members. The IMF monitors global economic and financial developments and gives policy advice, lends to member countries with balance of payments problems, and provides technical assistance in its areas of expertise.
International Monetary Fund (IMF), "Online glossary of selected financial terms" (as per March 15th, 2008), International Monetary Fund, Washington D.C., 2008