IMF’s Lipton: credit easing policy in Asia may be warranted

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David Lipton, first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund, believes Asian economies should be prepared to undertake non-traditional monetary policy measures in the event an economic downturn materialises.

Speaking at the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong on January 16, Lipton said Asia was vulnerable to financial channels of contagion from Europe. He said given these acute downside risks, it looked appropriate for policy-makers in Asia to pause any monetary tightening

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