The Head of the IMF covers the coming economic slump
The IMF or International Monetary Fund is one of the world’s leading financial institutions and is accountable for delivering monetary assistance to countries around the world. The recent explosion of the COVID-19 crisis has brought with it tons of uncertainty. In a recent interview, the acting head of the IMF spoke on these problems to give her thoughts on the matter.
What is the present State of the Economy?
Almost every category of economic indicators has been reflecting a horrifying truth with many of the numbers being seen for the first time since the original Great Depression. It is hard to foresee 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 distressing.
Unemployment levels across the globe have skyrocketed in the last month with more than 20 million newly unemployed in the United States alone. Many countries across the world either already are or will soon be suffering from unemployment levels not seen since the 1930s.
Existing GDP Forecasts
At the start of this year, many organizations anticipate for the year included healthy if modest GDP growth around the world. Of course, the models had some countries doing better than others but overall widespread success. Today the story is much different. Nearly across the board countries are forecasting negative GDP growth.
Current Industries Affected
There are some industries such as the airline industry that are getting as much as 90% or more decline in their revenues year over year. Some industries are being impacted more than others but the devastation is pretty much-affecting everyone in some way.
The Current Approach to Crisis
Right now the leader of the IMF has said 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 overlook the countries that require help the most . Especially those that are scrambling in the developing world.
More information can be found on the IMF website.