International Monetary Fund upgrades outlook on Russian Federation as economy recovers

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The IMF's World Economic Outlook report, unveiled on the eve of its upcoming summit in Bali, Indonesia, estimated that global growth in 2018 would reach 3.7 percent, the same as the previous year but lower than the 3.9 percent it had forecast earlier this year.

The fund expects U.S. economic expansion to peak at 2.9 per cent this year and start to slow down next year as the economic stimulus introduced in the wake of the 2008 global credit crisis begins to wind down and tariff impact begins to hurt.

Last year, China shipped goods worth $375 billion more to the USA than it took in from the United States, a figure Trump has often said he wants to curb sharply in an effort to promote American businesses.

It cautioned, "Turkey has a currency that is about 40 percent cheap to its long-term average, and the International Monetary Fund assumes the CA deficit will shrink from 5.7 percent of GDP in 2018 to 1.4 percent of GDP in 2019".

At the worst, which includes Trump pushing through with tariffs on all Chinese goods and on imports of cars and auto parts that spark a round of reprisals, as well as denting confidence and provoking a negative market reaction, the impact would be less than one percentage point on global growth.

"In Angola, the region's second largest oil exporter, real GDP is expected to shrink by 0.1 per cent in 2018, following a 2.5 per cent contraction in 2017, but is projected to increase by 3.1 per cent in 2019".

It's not just the world's two most powerful economies that stand to be affected by trade policy.

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The State Bank of Pakistan said it believes "this adjustment in the exchange rate, along with lagged impact of recent hikes in [interest rates] and other policy measures to contain imports will correct the imbalances in the external account". "Any sharp reversal for emerging markets would pose a significant threat to advanced economies".

This is still lower than the global economic growth of 3.7 percent.

Russia's economic growth is supported by a recovery in domestic demand and higher fuel prices, the International Monetary Fund said.

With weakening growth and uncertainties over trade, smoothing the economic impact of de-risking "is a very hard act of judgment that policymakers in China have to struggle with", Vitor Gaspar, director of the IMF's fiscal affairs department, told reporters at a separate briefing on its Fiscal Monitor, a report that tracks the state of countries' public finances, on Wednesday. These risks, it says, while still moderate, could increase significantly.

The euro area will expand 2 per cent this year, down 0.2 point from July, as a result of weaker-than-expected growth in the first half of the year.

These include instances where some key economies have supported their growth with policies that seem unsustainable over the longer term.

Trump has repeatedly touted Wall Street records as proof of the success of his economic programme including his confrontational trade strategy, and has frequently criticised the Fed for gradually raising interest rates, which could press the brakes on equity markets.

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