Associated Press (01/21/14)
The International Monetary Fund has raised its 2014 global economic outlook to 3.7% from 3.6% in October, and says the U.S. is leading the recovery worldwide. The IMF raised its forecast for U.S. economic growth this year to 2.8% from 2.6%. It also downgraded its 2015 growth forecast for the U.S. to 3.0% from 3.4%, because the recently formulated federal budget left spending cuts in place that the IMF previously had expected to be repealed.
The IMF says that the U.S. should exercise caution and not rescind prematurely the economic support being provided by the U.S. Federal Reserve.