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Global Growth Outlook Continues to Dim


By Sara B. Potter, CFA  |  October 24, 2019

Recent updates to global economic forecasts show a slowdown in global growth due to rising trade tensions and increasing economic uncertainty.

The IMF’s October World Economic Outlook shows world GDP growth slowing from 3.6% in 2018 to 3.0% in 2019 and 3.4% in 2020, lowered from July’s interim projections. A 3.0% growth rate would be the slowest global growth since the 2008-2009 global economic slowdown. According to the IMF, risks to the global growth outlook skew to the downside as trade barriers and heightened geopolitical tensions disrupt global supply chains and hamper confidence, investment, and growth.

At the same time, the OECD’s September Interim Economic Outlook projects that global GDP will grow by 2.9% in 2019 and 3.0% in 2020. This represents the fifth consecutive downgrade for the 2019 forecast. The OECD lowered its growth forecasts for most of the world’s major economies, particularly those with greater exposure to global trade.

Over the last six months, FactSet Economic Estimates GDP forecasts for 2019 have largely stabilized while 2020 forecasts continue to be revised lower across most countries. However, we have seen significant downward movements in the estimates for the Euro Area and the UK over the last 18 months.

To see these forecasts in more detail, watch the latest economic forecast video.

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Sara Potter, CFA

Senior Content Specialist, Market Analysis

Ms. Sara Potter is Senior Content Specialist and Market Analyst at FactSet. In this role, she is in charge of thought leadership economic analysis and reports and a regular contributor to FactSet Insight where she provides commentary on a wide range of current market topics. Since joining in 1999, she has managed the economic database development team where she was responsible for the integration of third-party economic content as well as the development of FactSet Economics data. Ms. Potter is an active member of the FactSet Charity Committee which focuses on evaluating FactSet’s charitable event sponsorship and employee volunteerism programs. She earned an M.A. in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University and holds a B.A. in Economics and French from Dartmouth College. She is a CFA charterholder.