IMF Annual Talks to Focus on China and Taxes

The International Monetary Fund’s annual meeting gets under way against a backdrop of rising concern over the health of the global economy. From the travails of emerging economies to the scale of the Chinese downturn, there is much to debate at the gathering in Lima, alongside tackling longstanding problems such as cracking down on the tax affairs of multinational corporations.

The IMF’s annual meetings are a moment for the finance ministers and central bankers from the Washington-based lender’s 188 member-countries to share their concerns about the state of the financial world.

This year, it is the emerging economies, which helped to lift global growth in the aftermath of the sub-prime mortgage crisis, that are provoking most anxiety.

Brazil and Russia are in recession, China is slowing sharply, and a string of other emerging countries, including Turkey and Venezuela, look vulnerable to the combination of falling commodity prices and a strengthening dollar. Finance ministers will discuss how to prevent this weakness from spiralling into a full-blown financial crisis.

via The Guardian

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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