IMF members: World economy still needs ‘decisive’ action…


IMF members: World economy still needs ‘decisive’ action…

Hello Everyone!

I find this article very interesting…  it looks as though the future of World financial matters is in the balance…  Which way will it go?

Ed

IMF members: World economy still needs ‘decisive’ action

Published: April 20, 2013

— Finance ministers from around the world emphasized Saturday that much work remains to reach full recovery, especially in advanced economies.

In a joint statement following meetings Saturday in Washington of the International Monetary Fund’s policy-making committee, the finance ministers said that countries “need to act decisively to nurture a sustainable recovery and restore the resilience of the global economy.”

IMF economists this week underlined the need for the eurozone to bring banks back to full health, especially in harder-hit countries, and to rapidly move toward a full banking union with common oversight. Without a properly functioning banking sector, the smaller businesses that can deliver jobs and economic growth will continue to be starved for investment.

“Financial sector repair and reform remain a priority,” the finance ministers said. “Advanced economies need to balance supporting domestic demand with reforms to tackle structural weaknesses that weigh on growth, while implementing credible fiscal plans.”

The IMF this week pared back its 2013 global growth forecast by 0.2 percentage points to 3.3 percent. Most of that growth is coming from emerging and developing markets, while the eurozone economy is expected to contract this year.

After the meeting, Singaporean Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who chairs the IMF’s policy-setting committee, said that “around the table . . . there was a very strong view that we had to place greater emphasis on structural reforms to create jobs, as well as to boost productivity.”

Such reforms to improve growth vary among economies but often include streamlining labor markets, reducing barriers to starting new businesses and removing market-distorting subsidies.

The closing statement from finance ministers said that “accommodative monetary policy is still needed to help bolster growth but . . . eventual exit from monetary expansion will need to be carefully managed and clearly communicated.”

The rate-setting US Federal Reserve has kept interest rates near zero for more than four years, and additionally is pumping $85 billion into bond markets every month to further stimulate investment, in an unprecedentedly loose monetary policy. Central banks in the eurozone and Japan have taken smaller but similar steps toward highly accommodative monetary policy.

With central banks sailing into uncharted waters, worries have arisen that the new monetary policies could stoke inflation or inflate dangerous bubbles in prices of stocks, real estate or other assets. At the same time, with less than strong growth in those regions, there are concerns that the same economies could wither if central banks stop showering them with cash.

IMF chief Christine Lagarde said that the Washington-based crisis lender will study the “consequences of unconventional monetary policy . .. and what will be the good exit, as opposed to the more unpleasant exit for all members.”

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