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IMF Lowers Forecast for U.S. Growth in Blow to Trump Tax Plan

Posted June 27, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues


(Reuters)

The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday it had cut its growth forecasts for the US economy to 2.1% in 2017 and 2018, dropping its assumption that the Trump administration’s tax cut and fiscal spending plans would boost growth.

In a statement following a review of US economic policies, the IMF said the Trump administration’s push for annual growth of over 3% for a sustained period was unlikely to be achieved partly because the labor market is already at a level consistent with full employment.

The IMF in April had forecast US growth of 2.3% for 2017 and 2.5% for 2018, based partly on gains from expected tax cuts and new federal spending. But given the lack of details on the US administration’s “still evolving policy plans” the IMF said it had decided to remove the assumed stimulus from its forecasts. Click here to read more.