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Stressful Times - Deloitte Global Economic Outlook 4th Quarter 2011

The fourth quarter edition of Deloitte Research’s Global Economic Outlook offers timely insights from Deloitte Research’s team of economists about the trends and events that are shaping the marketplace.

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he issue begins with a cautiously optimistic outlook for the future of the euro and details key considerations for the long-term economic success in the Eurozone, taking into account the formidable recessionary pressures in the region’s periphery. The issue’s not-so-optimistic outlook for the United States argues that Europe’s economic problems have a high probability of getting worse, not better, and potentially dragging the United States into another recession. Even without the sovereign debt crisis, the United States is in a challenging situation, demonstrating extremely slow growth and a dormant job market.

Additionally, this edition of the Global Economic Outlook provides perspective on the factors that influence the price of gold and offers economic outlooks for China, Japan, the UK, India, Russia, Brazil and Mexico.

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  There is a case for cautious optimism about the euro’s longer-term prospects. At the same time, dwindling global demand and a yet-to-be-solved sovereign debt crisis are posing significant recessionary pressures, especially in the peripheral nations of the EU.

 

  A recession of European origins could wash back into the U.S. economy by hampering trade, industrial production, corporate profitability, and banking. History never repeats itself, but the current financial situation has some striking similarities to 2008.

 

  China’s economic growth is decelerating because of the weakening global economy and tightened monetary policy. Overall debt has nearly tripled in the last five years, and significant investments in fixed assets may loom heavily over China’s longer term.

 

  Japan is recovering from a natural disaster, and additional spending will likely accelerate the Japanese economy next year. However, slower overseas growth, a high-valued yen, and slower-than-expected reconstruction spending are introducing obstacles to the country’s economic prospects.

 

  Economic growth in the UK is deteriorating at the hands of declining domestic fundamentals and downward economic pressures from abroad. The country’s outlook hinges on policy responses, both at home and within the Eurozone.

 

  Indian policymakers are trying to curb rapidly rising inflation and simultaneously sustain growth, despite a weakening global economy. GDP growth may continue to hover around 7.5 percent for the current fiscal year.

 

  The announcement that Prime Minister Putin will return as president, exchanging jobs with President Medvedev, adds a needed note of political clarity, but uncertainty abounds pertaining to Russia’s economic policy outlook.

 

  The central bank in Brazil recently reversed its monetary policy from inflation fighting to recession prevention. In the wake of a decelerating global economy, authorities decided to rethink their currency market intervention.

 

  Mexico faces significant challenges. However, its formidable economic potential cannot be overlooked. The country has failed to keep pace with the BRICs, but possibilities abound for boosting future growth.

 

 

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