Great Depression II coming. http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE49A36O20081011 The global financial system is on the brink of a systemic meltdown despite interventions by the US and Europe to stabilize markets, the head of the International Monetary Fund says. Even with unprecedented actions in major economies, including co-ordinated central bank rate cuts, IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn today said those measures had so far failed to calm the situation. "The measures have not yet achieved the goal of stabilizing markets and bolstering confidence," Strauss-Kahn told the IMF's policy-steering committee, the International Monetary and Financial Committee. "Thus, additional moves will likely be needed in the coming months." He said the financial crisis had deepened and was now affecting many more parts of the global financial system, including emerging markets, which until now had been shielded from the crisis. Strauss-Kahn said conditions were likely to remain very difficult, restraining global growth prospects, while credit conditions are set to get tougher and constrain the ability of banks and companies to access funding. The IMF has already warned the world economy will slow sharply next year and the recovery will be unusually slow, with Europe and the United States either in or close to a recession. The immediate challenge for financial policy-makers is to regain order in the system, while also nursing economies through the downturn and keeping inflation under control. Doing this, he said, would require "comprehensive responses that address the systemic problems," including dealing with toxic bank assets, recapitalizing banks and adding capital to funding markets. "Restoring confidence now requires a decisive commitment to concerted and co-ordinated action to facilitate timely recognition of troubled assets and bank recapitalisation," Strauss-Kahn said. In emerging and developing markets, the balance of risk had shifted toward concerns about slowing economic activity as overall inflation recedes, he said. These changes would justify a halt to the monetary policy tightening cycle, especially in countries where second-round effects of inflation from commodity prices have been limited. "A turn to easing would be called for if the outlook continues to deteriorate," Strauss-Kahn added.