Head of the IMF looks at pending economic slump
The IMF or International Monetary Fund is one of the world’s premier financial institutions and is responsible for providing monetary help to countries around the world. The recent surge of the COVID-19 crisis has brought with it tons of concern. In a recent interview, the acting head of the IMF spoke on these issues to give her views on the matter.
What is the present State of the Economy?
Almost every classification of economic indicators has been showing a horrifying reality with many of the numbers being seen for the first time since the original Great Depression. It is hard to predict what these numbers will look like come the end of the year because right now there have so many things up in the air. One thing is certain you cannot deny that the numbers for several key indications are troublesome.
Unemployment levels throughout the globe have increased in the last month with more than 20 million freshly unemployed in the United States alone. Many countries around the world either already are or will soon be experiencing unemployment levels not seen since the 1930s.
At the start of this year, many organizations forecast for the year included healthy if modest GDP growth around the world. Of course, the models had some countries performing better than others but overall widespread success. Today the story is very much different. Nearly across the board countries are predicting negative GDP growth.
What Industries are Impacted
There are some industries such as the airline industry that are getting as much as 90% or more decrease in their revenues year over year. Some industries are being impacted more than others but the damage is pretty much-affecting everyone in some way.
The Current Approach to Crisis
Right now the head of the IMF has stated they are pursuing a cautious approach. It is wise not to dismiss the health crisis that is still going around the planet. Their interventions are designed to avoid as much pain as possible and they are paying careful attention so as to not forget the countries that need help the most . Especially those that are scrambling in the developing world.
More information can be found on the IMF website.