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July - August 2019

  • A global slowdown is continuing and risks are rising that this year will see the weakest world growth in the post-crisis period. But with central banks set to turn dovish words into action soon, recession risks are still low.
  • We see two US rate cuts in Q3 and another in Q1, 2020. We also expect a cut later this year from the European Central Bank, which may well also resume QE.
  • Lower US rates and a 2020 US slowdown may eventually weaken the dollar, but this will not be a major fillip. We forecast 2019 global growth of 2.7% rising to 2.8% in 2020 in response to the loosening in monetary policy.
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