IMF Warns Of More Market Sell-Offs As Central Banks Try To Curb Inflation

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned of continuous market sell-offs as central banks try to curb increasing inflation.

Market players have expected an economic recovery after easing Covid-19 restrictions.  Nonetheless, the unexpected Russian-Ukrainian conflict put the world in mayhem — worsening supply chain problems and hiking energy prices.

“There is certainly a risk of further sell-offs,” Tobias Adrian, director for monetary and capital markets at the IMF, told CNBC Tuesday.

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“The intended consequences of monetary tightening is to tighten financial conditions to slow down economic activity and I would not be surprised if we were to see a certain amount of readjustment of asset valuations going forward and that could be in equity markets as well as in corporate bond markets and sovereign markets,” he added.

The U.S. Federal Reserve expects to hike interest rates six more times in 2022, while the European Central Bank confirmed last week it is ending its asset purchase program in the third quarter.

“The risk is rising that inflation expectations drift away from central bank inflation targets, prompting a more aggressive tightening response from policymakers,” the IMF said Tuesday in its latest World Economic Outlook report.

In its latest economic assessment, the IMF said high inflation will be around for longer than previously anticipated. It also estimated the inflation rate will climb to 7.7% in the United States this year and 5.3% in the eurozone.