US / China trade war and Brexit threaten global economic growth, according to the IMF

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International Monetary Fund Economic Counsellor Maurice Obstfeld (C), Deputy Director Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti (L) and Communications Officer Wafa Amr (R) answer questions during the World Economic Outlook Press Conference at the Westin Bali International Conference and Centre during the 2018 IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings October 8, 2018 in Bali, Indonesia. IMF Staff Photograph/Stephen Jaffe

Global growth could plunge to 3.7% for 2019, due to the “possible failure of the Brexit negotiations”.

This possibility generates a feeling of widespread uncertainty. The report comes after a black Monday for Chinese stocks that lost only 5% yesterday.

The International Monetary Fund has indicated Brexit and the trade war between China and the United States as two of the possible threats to global growth.

The report, published during a meeting in Bali, showed that the forecast of economic growth forecast by IMF stood at 3.7%, down by 0.2%, compared to what was forecast in July.

According to the fund, the causes of this setback are to be found in the tariffs imposed by the US and China, by a performance weaker than expected by the eurozone, and by the possible failure of the Brexit negotiations.

The lack of progress in the negotiations has also created a climate of uncertainty.

The escalation of the protectionist policies of the president of the United States, which has led the world’s largest economy to double the tariffs on imports of some Chinese products, has dragged growth forecasts this year. Among the most affected, the United States, France, Germany, and China.

“An intensification of trade tensions and the associated further rise in policy uncertainty could dent business and financial market sentiment, trigger financial market volatility, and slow investment and trade,” the report said.

“An increase in trade barriers would disrupt global supply chains, which have become an integral part of production processes in the past decades, and slow the spread of new technologies, ultimately lowering global productivity and welfare.

“It would also make tradeable consumer goods less affordable, harming low-income households disproportionately.”

The International Monetary Fund foresaw UK growth of 1.4% in 2018, rising to 1.5% in 2019, while the growth forecast for the euro area 2018 was reduced to 2% from 2.2%.

Germany, Europe’s economic power, could be particularly affected by a decline in production orders and trade volumes.

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