IMF Statement on Current Financial Market Developments

Press Release No. 08/08
January 23, 2008

On January 22, Mr. Masood Ahmed, Director of External Relations at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) issued the following statement:

"The volatile weakening experienced in many equity markets during the past few days has underscored the burden that the current financial market turmoil represents for the global growth outlook. Moreover, the process of restoring financial market stability will be complex and protracted. Thus, a significant 2008 slowing in the global expansion already appears inevitable, and downside risks still predominate.

"The United States has been most affected by recent economic and financial developments. Thus, today's 75- basis point reduction in the Federal funds rate was appropriate and helpful. Financial market prices are consistent at present with expectations of significant future rate declines. In any case, there is no doubt that the Federal Reserve will respond with alacrity to new fundamental and financial developments. In addition, targeted and timely fiscal measures could provide near-term support for demand."



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