Entries by Drew Millard

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January 2024

Global fourth-quarter data has provided evidence that the recovery remains on solid footing, pointing to continued, but slower growth in the first three months of 2024. In the U.S., layoffs remain low, and job growth has held steady. Cooling inflation has meant that wages are now rising faster than prices. In January we maintained our […]

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December 2023

Despite some bumps along the way, the global economy proved resilient in 2023. Alongside an economic deceleration, we expect inflation to cool sufficiently for central banks to begin cutting rates, helping to avert a contraction in the economy. While the Fed’s goal is to pull off a soft landing, the odds are against it. Historically, […]

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November 2023

Global economies, overall, have performed better than expected in 2023 in the face of high levels of debt, less than accommodative monetary policy, a growing number of geopolitical tensions, and an unstable Chinese economy present challenge. Central bank hiking and cutting cycles continue around the globe and we expect that the historical pattern of rates […]

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October 2023

The U.S. federal government is behind a reindustrialization drive while China’s economy is sputtering and Japan is fueling growth, all while the world taps the brakes on a decades-long era of globalization. This evolution in global trade and economic policy has created a heightened sense of uncertainty over the outlook. Uncertainty about the impact of […]

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September 2023

Reassured by the resilience in macro data, and frustrated that inflation isn’t falling fast enough, major central banks have continued with monetary tightening. The result has been eroding purchasing power, a rising cost of living, and persistent inflationary pressures. For those facing mortgage term renewals, the higher rates remove purchasing power from their discretionary budget. […]

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August 2023

The global expansion underway continues to show resilience to synchronised monetary tightening.  The dynamics of higher rates put constraints on demand and credit availability, undermining business sector health and expansion, resulting in downturns that are more globally synchronized, with higher terminal policy rates, leading to global recession. Evidence of moderation in global inflation such as […]

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July 2023

The four-decade period of stable inflation and interest rates has ended, and a new regime of greater macro and market volatility is playing out. As the global economy continues to recover from the energy crisis, we continue to expect moderate global growth in 2023-24, with a drag from the cumulative impact of monetary policy tightening […]

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June 2023

Globally, central banks currently face a trade-off between persisting with their pace of tightening cycles until inflation is back down to more manageable levels and triggering further distress in the financial sector. There have been some reductions in headline rates of inflation due to monetary tightening, a stabilization of commodity markets, and an easing of […]

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May 2023

For over a year, the global economy has avoided recession. Beneath the surface however, imbalances can be seen in the latest upturn. Much of the gain experienced globally owes to a reopening surge in China. Regional imbalances outside of China as well as sectoral imbalances have emerged as the goods-producing sector stalled last quarter after […]

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April 2023

Against a backdrop of rate hikes and jitters in the banking sector, the effects of tighter monetary policy remain the focus of our outlook for the remainder of 2023.The IMF has expressed concern about a global economy that is experiencing a gradual recovery that remains fragile, and it was noted that downside risks dominate in […]