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IMF warns major transitions in global finance

IMF warns major transitions in global finance

Jose VinalsWashington: The global financial system faces major transitions accompanied by substantial risks, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Thursday.

“The first one is the transition in the US from a prolonged period of monetary accommodation towards a normalization of monetary conditions,” Jose Vinals, head of the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets Department, said unveiling the Global Financial Stability Report.

“This process will be unprecedented and complex … containing longer-term interest rates and market volatility has already proven to be a substantial challenge, shown by the sharp rise in bond yields and volatility since May,” the IMF’s financial counsellor said.

US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has laid out a tentative tapering plan to exit quantative easing three months ago and caused investors to withdraw money from emerging markets and restructure their portfolios, stoking volatility in currency, bond and equity markets around the globe, reports Xinhua.

Given the prospect of higher interest rates and greater volatility, investors will naturally adjust their portfolios by reducing their fixed income holdings.

The IMF’s Global Financial Stability Report estimates that a 100 basis point increase in interest rates from current levels could generate $2.3 trillion losses on global bond portfolios.


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