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IMF Advises Major Central Banks to Keep Interest Rates High
Gita Gopinath, first deputy managing director of International Monetary Fund (IMF), gave a statement on CNBC at the ECB Forum in Portugal advising major central banks to keep interest rates high for a longer period than what investors expect.
The Central Banks' Actions
Gopinath recognized that central banks have already done a lot to support the economy but emphasized the need for continued tightening and maintaining high interest rates for an extended period. Although some markets expect a rapid drop in interest rates, the IMF urges central banks to remain cautious and keep them at high levels for longer than anticipated.
Economists' Survey Results
A survey conducted in May 2023 by U.S. economists revealed a delay in their rate cut expectation from the last quarter of 2023 to the first quarter of 2024. The IMF's stance remains firm that reducing inflation should remain a priority. Therefore, central banks need to keep fighting inflation even if it risks causing weaker growth or cooling in the labor market.
The Current Economic Situation
According to Gopinath, the current macroeconomic scenario is highly uncertain with no clear indication of how long the situation will last. Therefore, central banks must take proactive measures to avoid any unforeseen circumstances that could be detrimental to the global economy.
The IMF believes that for economic recovery to take place, central banks must continue tightening and maintain high interest rates for longer than what investors expect. It is crucial to reduce inflation, even if it means taking risks with economic growth and the labor market. The current economic situation is unpredictable, and these measures need to be implemented to ensure a stable and sustainable global economy.
As a new business, high interest rates can be both a blessing and a curse. The IMF advising major central banks to maintain high interest rates for a more extended period than expected emphasizes the need for businesses to take proactive measures to mitigate financial risks. On the one hand, high-interest rates can help businesses attract more personal investments from individual investors seeking to earn higher returns, which can lead to more considerable financial growth. On the other hand, high-interest rates can deter businesses from taking out loans for funding operations, which can limit financial growth potential. The uncertain macroeconomic scenario means that businesses must be averse to risk and keep costs low. By managing their cash flow and seeking alternative funding sources, businesses can mitigate the risk of accumulating debt or facing financial instability. Ultimately, new businesses must monitor global economic trends and central bank policies to create a financial strategy that protects them from economic uncertainty while seizing opportunities for financial growth.