UPDATE 3-IMF cuts global growth outlook again, warns of political risks

martes 12 de abril de 2016 17:31 GYT

* IMF cuts global growth forecast for 4th time in a year

* Warns of impact of possible British exit from EU

* Will support Greek bailout that leads to sustainable path

* German finance minister lashes out at ECB (Adds Breakingviews link)

By David Lawder

WASHINGTON, April 12 (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund warned on Tuesday of the risk of political isolationism, notably Britain's possible exit from the European Union, and the risk of growing economic inequality as it cut its global economic growth forecast for the fourth time in a year.

In the run-up to the annual spring meetings of the IMF and the World Bank in Washington, D.C. this week, the IMF said the global economy was vulnerable to shocks such as sharp currency devaluations and worsening geopolitical conflicts.

In its latest World Economic Outlook, the IMF forecast global economic growth of 3.2 percent this year, compared to a forecast of 3.4 percent in January. The growth estimate also was lowered in July and October of last year.

For 2017, the IMF said the global economy would grow 3.5 percent, down 0.1 percentage point from its January estimate.   Continuación...