IMF Global Growth Outlook



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RECENT - WASHINGTON DC 1. Various shots, IMF exterior 22 JANUARY 2018, WASHINGTON DC 2. SOUNDBITE (English) Maury Obstfeld, IMF Research Department Director “Well 2018 is really starting on a high note. We see momentum across the advanced economies and in Asia, and we are able to upgrade our growth forecast for this year and next by a full point-two percentage points to 3.9 percent. Even our 2017 forecast is upgraded by point-one to 3.7 percent.” 3. MIDSHOT Maury Obstfeld 4. SOUNDBITE (English) Maury Obstfeld, IMF Research Department Director “Well, as always there are risks, particularly after a long period of low interest rates. There have been increases in debt by households, by corporates, by governments which may leave them exposed once monetary policy normalizes and interest rates rise.” 5. MIDSHOT Maury Obstfeld 6. SOUNDBITE (English) Maury Obstfeld, IMF Research Department Director “Now is a golden opportunity for reforms. Policymakers need to be asking themselves how can they raise output in the long-run, how can they build resilience, and how can they build up buffers so they can act if… and when… the next downturn comes which it surely will.” RECENT - WASHINGTON DC 7. EXTERIOR, IMF
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