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Things More Worrisome than AGW: New IMF Chief

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Source:  Money Morning

OPINION

Why the New IMF Chief Will Cost U.S. Taxpayers Billions

By Kerri Shannon, Associate Editor, Money Morning

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has made another mistake – a mistake that’ll cost U.S. taxpayers a lot of money.

The organization’s executive board yesterday (Tuesday) selected French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde as its new leader. A U.S. pledge of support Tuesday morning secured Lagarde’s approval. She already had backing from European countries and major emerging markets Brazil, Russia, and China.

But with Lagarde in the driver’s seat, the IMF is likely to continue lending billions of dollars to struggling European countries that are drowning in debt.

Those billions come from member countries that hold a financial stake in the IMF – and the United States is the single-biggest stakeholder. (more…)

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