WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 8:  In this handout provided by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), International Monetary Fund Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department, Olivier Blanchard, (L) Division Chief, Research Department Thomas Helbling,⨠and (R) Deputy Director of the Research Department, Jӧrg Decressin during a press briefing on the World Economic Outlook during the 2013 World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings October 8, 2013 at the IMF Headquarters in Washington, DC. The IMF lowered its outlook for U.S. economic growth this year to 1.6 percent and next year to 2.6 percent.  (Photo by Michael Spilotro/IMF via Getty Images)