IMF cuts world economic forecast for 2019, citing trade tensions
Tuesday, 22 January 2019 20:21 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

The International Monetary Fund has cut its forecast for world economic growth this year, citing heightened trade tensions and rising U.S. interest rates.

The IMF said Monday that it expects global growth this year of 3.5%, down from 3.7% in 2018 and from the 3.7% it had forecast for 2019 back in October.

Unveiling its forecasts at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the fund left its prediction for U.S. growth this year unchanged at 2.5%. But it trimmed the growth outlook for the 19 countries that use the euro currency to 1.6% from 1.8%.

Growth in emerging-market countries is forecast to slow to 4.5% this year from 4.6% in 2018. The IMF expects the Chinese economy - the world's second biggest - to grow 6.2% this year, down from 6.6% in 2018 and slowest since 1990.

The World Bank and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development have also downgraded their world growth forecasts.

Rising trade tensions pose a major risk to the world economy. Under President Donald Trump the United States has imposed import taxes on steel, aluminum and hundreds of Chinese products, drawing retaliation from China and other U.S. trading partners.

Rising interest rates in the U.S. and elsewhere are also pinching emerging-market governments and companies that borrowed heavily when rates were ultra-low in the aftermath of the 2007-2009 Great Recession.

Source: Marketwatch

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