11/30/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

IMF Creates $100 Billion Fund To Aid Crisis Fight

The International Monetary Fund will offer as much as $100 billion in a new kind of loan to countries that are battered by the financial crisis, making available new cash to help ease the world credit crisis.

The new three-month loans, aimed at economies the IMF judges to be troubled but basically sound, wouldn't require countries to make the often severe changes in their policies that the IMF has demanded for decades.

That makes it potentially easier for crisis-hammered countries such as Mexico, Brazil and Korea to shore up cash reserves, their currency, and their ability to help ailing companies as shaken foreign investors withdraw.

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