IMF urges central banks to retain easy monetary policy

Easy does it: IMF tells central banks to keep rates low

The IMF urged central banks in advanced economies to keep monetary policy accommodative and prevent interest rates from "rising prematurely" yesterday (September 2), ahead of the G20 meeting later this week.

In a briefing document on 'global prospects and policy challenges' the Fund observed output gaps "are still substantial" in most advanced economies, while inflation is below target. An expected boost in economic activity from lower oil prices "has not materialised".

Consequently it is urging

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