IMF Chief Economist Says Its Vital to Defend Trade Integration

The International Monetary Fund sees growth slowing this year in the United States and the euro area — and it’s warning the world against barriers to trade as it prompts central banks to keep the money flowing.

Overall global growth is expected to expand at 3.1 percent in 2016, according to the IMF’s “World Economic Outlook” released Tuesday. That’s unchanged from its July forecast. But advanced economies, which include the United States, will slow this year to 1.6 percent growth. That compares with 2.1 percent last year and a July IMF forecast of 1.8 percent.
Next year, global growth is expected to improve to 3.4 percent, as a slowdown in advanced economies should be offset by a pickup in emerging market and developing economies, the IMF said. U.S. growth is also forecast to pick up to 2.2 percent in 2017 on diminishing pressures from low energy prices and dollar strength.

However, the IMF warned that the “persistent stagnation, particularly in advanced economies,” could fuel “populist calls” for restrictions on trade and immigration.

“It is vitally important to defend the prospects for increasing trade integration,” IMF chief economist and economic counsellor, Maurice Obstfeld, said in the global lender’s outlook. “Turning back the clock on trade can only deepen and prolong the world economy’s current doldrums.”

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

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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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