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Finance officials pledge to combat global economic slowdown

Oct. 19, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global finance officials wrapped up their fall meetings on Saturday with a pledge to "employ all appropriate tools" to combat the weakest global growth in a decade, but there was little evidence of progress in easing trade tensions, a major source of the slowdown. The policy-setting...

IMF, World Bank leaders appeal for an end to trade wars

Oct. 18, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank appealed to their 189 member countries on Friday to resolve widening disagreements on trade and other issues, warning that the divisions threaten to worsen the impact of a global slowdown. The IMF's managing director,...

EU leaders rubber stamp Lagarde's ECB appointment

Oct. 18, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders have approved the appointment of Christine Lagarde as the next president of the European Central Bank. The former International Monetary Fund managing director will replace Mario Draghi, who has served as ECB president since 2011. The European Council had already...

IMF head says more needed to boost growth than US-China deal

Oct. 17, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund's new leader said Thursday that a trade truce between the United States and China could trim expected losses to the world economy but won't be enough to produce strong global growth. Before last week's tentative trade agreement, the IMF had estimated that...

IMF downgrades outlook for world economy, citing trade wars

Oct. 15, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund is further downgrading its outlook for the world economy, predicting that growth this year will be the weakest since the 2008 financial crisis, primarily because of widening global conflicts. The IMF's latest World Economic Outlook released Tuesday foresees...

European Central Bank minority opposed bond-buying stimulus

Oct. 10, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank policymakers haggled extensively over several parts of the stimulus package unveiled at their meeting last month, with dissenters objecting to the relaunch of bond purchases aimed at lifting inflation and growth in the 19-country eurozone economy. The written...

IMF chief: trade conflicts fuel synchronized global slowdown

Oct. 8, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new head of the 189-nation International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday that the world economy is in the grips of a "synchronized global slowdown" that will result in slower growth for 90% of the world this year. IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said that an updated IMF...

Outgoing ECB head:: EU should heed lessons of global crisis

Oct. 1, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Outgoing European Central Bank President Mario Draghi says European Union leaders should apply lessons learned in the decade since the global financial crisis to avoid "foreseeable risks" in the future. Speaking in Athens, Draghi urged governments in the 19-member euro currency union...

Top ECB official resigns after questioning stimulus

Sep. 25, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A member of the European Central Bank's leadership has resigned after publicly questioning the need for the bank's stimulus efforts, opening an unexpected vacancy on the institutions' top executive body amid public criticism of its policies by some of its own officials. Sabine...

Economist who grew up in communist Bulgaria is new IMF chief

Sep. 25, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Bulgarian economist who grew up when her country was a communist nation has been selected to be the next leader of one of capitalism's premier institutions, the 189-nation International Monetary Fund. Kristalina Georgieva, a top World Bank official, was chosen by the IMF's executive...