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G20 reach compromise on economic indicators


G20 finance ministers have struck a compromise deal on indicators that can be used to deal with global economic imbalances.

The French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, who chaired the talks in Paris, said debt, deficit, savings and investment, and trade and current accounts will be used as indicators:

“For those of you that follow these things closely, as you can imagine the inclusion of exchange rates and monetary policy were the subject of prolonged debate.”

China opposed attempts to use real effective exchange rates and currency reserves to measure imbalances and they were not mentioned in their own right.

The G20 now moves on to plot the next stage of economic policy strategies in order to prevent a repeat of the 2008 global financial crisis.

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