IMF cuts global growth forecast
Global growth in advanced economies is too weak to bring down unemployment and what little momentum exists is coming primarily from central banks, the International Monetary Fund said in its World Economic Outlook, released ahead of its twice- yearly meeting, which will be held in Tokyo later this week.
A key issue is whether the global economy is just hitting another bout of turbulence in what was always expected to be a slow and bumpy recovery or whether the current slowdown has a more lasting component, it said.
The answer depends on whether European and U.S. policymakers deal proactively with their major short-term economic challenges.
Ahead of the Tokyo meeting, policymakers have flagged the U.S. fiscal cliff – government spending cuts and tax raises due to take affect early in 2013 – and resolving the euro area's debt crisis as the top issues facing the global economy. Europe's debt crisis is a clear and present danger, Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said last week.
The IMF forecast in its latest health check on the world economy that global output in 2012 would grow just 3.3 percent, down from a July estimate of 3.5 percent.
That would make this the slowest year of growth since 2009 when the world was struggling to
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