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IMF Warns of "Protectionism" and Risky Investing

by Greg Williams Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017 at 7:44 AM

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its bi-annual report on the state of the global economy, predicting that global growth will continue steadily but slowly.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its bi-annual report on the state of the global economy, predicting that global growth will continue steadily but slowly. The report also raised the alarm on policies it labeled as "protectionism." The IMF expresses concern about the roll back of transparency regulations leading to a return of riskier global investing.

"‎While the IMF reports that growth is slow and steady, it is clear that the IMF is concerned with the return of the kind of risky behavior that helped create our recent global financial crisis," noted Eric LeCompte, the Executive Director of Jubilee USA and an expert on United Nation finance groups. LeCompte has tracked IMF economic reports since 2010. "The IMF is concerned with a shift in global politics."

The report also noted that curbing tax evasion and avoidance needs global or "multilateral" cooperation.

"We know that in order to curb tax avoidance and evasion, we need agreements that can cross the borders of countries," commented LeCompte on the taxation elements of the report.

The World Economic Outlook report noted that both low and middle income countries should be concerned about rising debt levels. The IMF views high debt as being a substantial risk in weak economies.

"It's good the IMF is pointing to concerns of sustainable debt levels in poor countries," stated LeCompte.‎ "I'm concerned that higher debt levels and more risky market behavior is a recipe for another financial crisis."

Read International Monetary Fund's April 2017 World Economic Outlook report

Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations and 650 faith communities working with 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee USA builds an economy that serves, protects and promotes the participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee USA wins critical global financial reforms and won more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world's poorest people. www.jubileeusa.org

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