It was a golden period, but it seems it only lasted less than a year. 2017 was a great year for the global economy. For the first time since the Crisis, the whole world seemed to be growing in unison. Even Europe, long in the doldrums after its sovereign debt crisis, had blossomed. But just as that growth was finally harmonizing, it is changing again. US growth still looks solid, but the rest of the world, especially Europe, is beginning to stagnate. China, too, leaks weaker, and both the ECB and Chinese central bank have held off on any rate rises.
FINSUM: We wonder if a global recession is coming. The US still looks strong, but then again we are coming off a very strong late stage tax cut.