2019

IMF cuts global growth outlook, cites trade war and weak Europe

DAVOS, Switzerland (Jan 21): The International Monetary Fund on Monday cut its world economic growth forecasts for 2019 and 2020, due to weakness in Europe and some emerging markets, and said failure to resolve trade tensions could further destabilise a slowing global economy.

In its second downgrade in three months, the global lender also cited a bigger-than-expected slowdown in China’s economy and a possible “No Deal” Brexit as risks to its outlook, saying these could worsen market turbulence in financial markets.

Singapore General Election in 2019 'always possible', Lee says

SINGAPORE (Nov 7): Singaporeans could go to the ballot boxes sooner than expected. A general election next year is "always possible".

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait in an interview at the New Economy Forum in Singapore. Polls must be held by early 2021.

"There are many reasons to bring elections forward, or not, so we’ll see,” Lee said late Tuesday, when asked if celebrations to mark the 200th year of the city-state’s modern founding would be reason enough to advance it.

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