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WITH many countries facing limitations in monetary easing policies, eyes are turned to large fiscal or government spending to help stimulate rapidly slowing economies.
THERE was concern over US funding chaos recently and the size of Federal Reserve intervention as such a scale of capital injection had not been undertaken since 2008.
Further oil price disruptions can cause severe damage to the fragile world economy, as sudden attacks on oil facilities become potentially more frequent.
With the cutting of interest rates worldwide, should the US Federal Reserve do so more aggressively as sought by President Donald Trump?
Saying that trade wars and “controlling” China is much more important than the economy, President Donald Trump may be suggesting that the two can be decoupled.
With falling exports and economic growth dipping, the once fast-growing Asian Tigers of South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore are now limping.
The race to lower interest rates and possibly weaken currencies to boost growth and exports raises the risk of currency wars. Also known as competitive devaluation, currency wars disrupt the orderly functioning of the foreign exchange market, giving rise to unpredictable movements.
With talk of a higher probability of recession, the notion of a depression may be still remote but flaming trade and geopolitical tensions can produce a powerful domino effect.
FEELINGS of bitterness, resentment and mistrust engendered by intensifying trade wars involving more nations now, are set to further damage global harmony.
THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) may have identified China as having more to lose in the US-China trade war, but the real loser is the world which has become economically more dependent on China.