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Emerging Economies are facing risks due to weak capital flow; currency declines: IMF Chief Economist Gopinath

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Gita Gopinath, the Chief Economist of IMF in Davos on Monday signaled that due to weak global growth at a rate greater than expected the emerging economies are facing huge risks which are caused by weak capital flow mainly because of US activeness and due to a decrease in currency value.

In 2018 the global growth remained close to post-crisis highs, the global expansion is weakening, and the rate is at some extent greater than the expectation. During the IMF’s World Economic Outlook Gita Gopinath made these statements by briefing the current updates.

The Global growth prediction made by IMF is around 3.5 percent for the year 2019 and around 3.6 percent for the year 2020 if compared to October predictions they are below 0.2 and 0.1 points. Despite the modest declining revisions Gopinath further mentioned that numerous downward corrections are at greater risks and are soaring high.

While back when the financial market appeared in advanced economies, in most of 2018, the financial market seems to detach from trade pressures. Adding to this she said, although in recent times both of them have lined up together to improve the financial circumstances and to strengthen them, also intensifying the global growth risks.

The expansion of US is proceeding ahead. However, the prediction remains for the deceleration while unwinding of economic stimulations. Due to rising economic activities and growing economies, it is predicted that the rate could be down to 4.5 percent during 2019 and may bounce up-to 4.9 percent during 2020.

By the opinion for growing markets and developing economies continuous headwinds are reflected due to weak capital flow as a result of higher US policy rates and deduction in the exchange rate, in spite of being less extreme Gopinath stated.

Gopinath further added that from across the emerging economies some economies picked the inflation that was reserved towards the end of 2018. The Increase trade tensions and the deteriorating financial condition are the primary threats to the outlook. Gopinath even added that the un-prediction of higher trade will further hamper the investment process and will also violate the global supply chains.

In countries, it is too costly to tighten the financial situations more securely and complexly in consideration with the high volumes of debt related to the public and private sector. Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director along with the first women chief economist of IMF, announced by sitting at her side. China’s growth has declined, and if the trade tension escalates then, we may notice much faster slowdown than expected. Further, there can be a sudden spark and a decline in the market, especially in the financial and commodity markets. Same was the situation during the year 2015 to 2016, Gopinath mentioned.

Excitement over Brexit continues in Europe and is too costly to spread over other areas. The sovereign and financial risk remain a threat in Italy. There are huge difficulties and threats in the US which can last for a longer time than expected if the US federal government shutdowns.

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