UPDATE 1-IMF cuts global growth outlook, calls for accommodative policy

martes 20 de enero de 2015 01:22 GYT

* 2015 global growth cut to 3.5 percent versus 3.8 percent

* Lower oil prices, weak euro and yen positive for growth

* US only major economy to see upward revision, China forecast cut (Adds details from press conference, quotes)

By Jake Spring

BEIJING, Jan 20 (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund lowered its forecast for global economic growth in 2015, and called on Tuesday for governments and central banks to pursue accommodative monetary policies and structural reforms to support growth.

Global growth is projected at 3.5 percent for 2015 and 3.7 percent for 2016, the IMF said in its latest World Economic Outlook report, lowering its forecast by 0.3 percentage points for both years.

"New factors supporting growth, lower oil prices, but also depreciation of euro and yen, are more than offset by persistent negative forces, including the lingering legacies of the crisis and lower potential growth in many countries," Olivier Blanchard, the IMF's chief economist, said in a statement.

The IMF advised advanced economies to maintain accommodative monetary policies to avoid increasing real interest rates as cheaper oil heightens the risk of deflation.

If policy rates could not be reduced further, the IMF recommended pursuing an accommodative policy "through other means".   Continuación...