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Global economy is in mid of Synchronized Slow down : IMF Chief

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The global economy is in the midst of a “synchronized slowdown”, effects of which have particularly been felt in countries such as India, Kristalina Georgieva, the recently appointed chief of the International Monetary Fund said.

The IMF Managing Director said that global growth could fall to its lowest this decade as part of the slowdown, adding that the agency’s outlook, due next week, will cut growth estimates for both 2019 and 2020.

“In 2019, we expect slower growth in nearly 90 percent of the world. The global economy is now in a synchronized slowdown,” Georgieva said on October 8 in a speech for the IMF and World Bank’s annual meeting next week.

Despite this overall deceleration, close to 40 emerging market and developing economies are forecast to have real GDP growth rates above 5 percent — including 19 in sub-Saharan Africa, she added.

In the United States and Germany, unemployment is at historic lows. Yet across advanced economies, including in the US, Japan and especially the euro area, there is a softening of economic activity, Georgieva said.

“In some of the largest emerging market economies, such as India and Brazil, the slowdown is even more pronounced this year. In China, growth is gradually coming down from the rapid pace it saw for many years,” Georgieva said.

The precarious outlook presents challenges for countries already facing difficulties — including some of the Fund’s programme countries, she noted.

Georgieva called for using monetary policy wisely and enhancing financial stability.

“Now is the time for countries with room in their budgets to deploy — or get ready to deploy — fiscal firepower. In fact, low interest rates may give some policymakers additional money to spend,” she said.

The IMF chief referred to research that pointed to structural reforms and how they could raise productivity and lead to economic gains.

“The right reforms in the right sequence could double the speed at which emerging markets and developing economies reach the living standards of the advanced economies,” Georgieva said.

While the need for international cooperation is going up, the will to engage is going down, she rued.

“Trade is a case in point. And yet, we need to work together. From safely adapting to fintech to fully implementing the financial regulatory reform agenda, to fighting money laundering and the financing of terrorism,” Georgieva said.

Describing climate Change as a crisis where no one is immune and everyone has a responsibility to act, she said one of its priorities was to assist countries as they reduce carbon emissions and become more climate resilient.

At the current average carbon price of USD 2 per ton, most people and most companies have little financial incentive to make this transition. Limiting global warming to a safe level requires a significantly higher carbon price, she added.

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No economic slowdown as 3 movies earned Rs .120 crore : Ravi Shankar Prasad

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Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday cited the earnings of three blockbuster movies to dismiss the economic slowdown. Addressing a press conference, Ravi Shankar Prasad said three movies collectively earned Rs 120 crore on October 2 and so, there’s no economic slowdown at all.

When Ravi Shankar Prasad was asked for his comments on the economic slowdown, he dismissed it with a laugh, referred to the movie’s data and said that the economy is sound that’s why the country earned Rs 120 crore from three movies.

“I was Information and Broadcasting Minister in former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government and I am fond of movies. Movies have been doing huge business. Three movies released on October 2 and film critic Komal Nahta told me that the national holiday [Oct 2] saw earning of Rs 120 crore by three movies. rs 120 crore comes in a country which has a sound economy,” Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

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Gold rate rose by Rs 126 taking it Rs 39160 per 10 gm

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Gold prices on Friday rose Rs 126 to Rs 39,160 per 10 gram in the national capital on a weaker rupee and festive demand, according to HDFC Securities.

The yellow metal had closed at Rs 39,034 per 10 gram on Thursday.
Silver prices also jumped Rs 380 to Rs 46,900 per kilogram from Rs 46,520 per kilogram in the previous trade, according to the data from HDFC Securities.

“Spot gold prices for 24 karat in Delhi was trading up by Rs 126 as festival demand kicks in and on weaker rupee which fell by around 17 paise against the dollar from the opening levels,” HDFC Securities Senior Analyst (Commodities) Tapan Patel said.

In the international market also, gold prices were trading higher at USD 1,502 an ounce and silver at USD 17.71 per ounce.
Gold prices traded higher on Friday with COMEX international spot gold prices recovering to USD 1,502 on weaker dollar index and geopolitical risks, he added.

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FinMin Nirmala Sitharaman assures to talk to RBI on PMC Bank crisis

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said she will speak with the RBI Governor this evening on the Punjab Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank crisis. She met a group of angry customers of the cooperative bank in Mumbai this afternoon just addressing a press conference.

Several customers were protesting outside the BJP office where Ms. Sitharaman, the venue of her press conference.

“I will once again talk to the Governor of Reserve Bank this evening to convey the distress of PMC clients,” Ms Sitharaman. “I’ve asked the secretaries of the ministry to study in detail as to what is happening. Representatives of the RBI will also be there to understand shortcomings, what happened and also to therefore, if necessary, look at the ways in which the respective acts will have to be amended,” the Finance Minister added.

On Wednesday, PMC customers, who have argued that the revised Rs. 25,000 limit on withdrawals imposed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is still too little,protested outside a Mumbai court. Carrying placards that read “No Bail, Only Jail”, they accused the RBI of not taking strict action against the erring officials and appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene in the matter.

Last week Rakesh and Sarang Wadhwan, the promoters of the crisis hit real estate firm HDIL were arrested  by the Economic Offences Wing of the Mumbai Police after their firm set off a crisis at PMC Bank by defaulting on loans worth Rs. 6,500.

Enforcement Directorate filed a money-laundering case against the Wadhwan brothers and carried out raids at six places in Mumbai, including the HDIL office in Bandra (East) and the Wadhwan residence in Bandra (West).

The PMC case has sparked renewed concerns about the health of India’s troubled banking sector, which has been rocked by a multi-billion dollar fraud at a state-run lender, the collapse of a major infrastructure lender, bad loan issues at state-run banks and a liquidity squeeze that has hit shadow lenders.

The RBI has responded to allay fears over the crisis.

“There are rumours in some locations about certain banks including cooperative banks, resulting in anxiety among the depositors. RBI would like to assure the general public that Indian banking system is safe and stable and there is no need to panic on the basis of such rumours,” the RBI said in a tweet on October 1

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