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Risks to global financial stability have increased: IMF

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 11:43

Zeebiz Bureau

Tokyo/New Delhi: Risks to global financial stability have increased and financial markets have been volatile as European policymakers grapple with the ongoing crisis, the IMF said in its latest assessment of the global financial sector during its annual meeting in Tokyo.

Faltering market confidence has led to capital flight from countries on the ‘periphery’ to the core of the euro area. This has meant higher borrowing costs and a growing wedge between the economic and financial ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’.

European policymakers have taken a number of important steps in recent months to help reverse the fragmentation of euro area financial markets and strengthen the European Monetary Union, the IMF said in its latest Global Financial Stability Report. The most recent action, in September, was the announcement by the European Central Bank to buy government bonds on a conditional basis.

These actions have helped markets stabilize in recent months. However, policymakers need to take additional measures to restore confidence. If they do not, the result will be an acceleration in deleveraging, which raises the risk of a credit crunch as banks make fewer loans, and an ensuing economic recession, the IMF said.

“Further policy efforts are needed to gain lasting stability,” said José Viñals, Financial Counsellor and head of the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets Department, which produced the report.

First Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 11:43
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