Exhausted world stuck in permanent stagnation warns IMF

Categories: Big picture
Published on: April 8, 2015

The Telegraph / Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / 07 April 2015

slow lane fast laneThe IMF said the world as a whole has seen a “persistent reduction” in its growth rate since the Great Recession and shows no sign of returning to normal, marking a fundamental break in historical patterns.

This exposes the global economic system to a host of pathologies that may be hard to combat, and leaves it acutely vulnerable to a fresh recession. It is unclear what the authorities could do next to fight off a slump given that debt ratios are already at record highs and central banks are running out of ammunition.