• May 23, 2024

IMF Slashes Growth Forecasts

Forex continues to be predictably grim. Last month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) slashed its growth forecast for every major country and predicted that the global economy will contract 1.3% this year, although the IMF did issue a sliver of hope that it would grow 1.9% next year, depending on the state of the financial system. Until then, however, forex trading is expected to remain volatile.

The U.S., which the IMF said is at the epicenter of the crisis, is expected to contract 2.8% this year, and recovery is unlikely until 2010. However, the U.S. recession may ease before the Eurozone recession due to earlier distribution of stimulus funds and the U.S. government’s aggressive actions to restore liquidity. In comparison, the Eurozone economy is expected to contract 4.2% this year and another 0.4% next year, signaling the need for EU countries to coordinate a comprehensive, collective response to the crisis.