Thursday, October 17, 2019
By Paul Martin

Mac Slavo
October 17th, 2019

Some analysts are saying that a global recession is only one mistake away. If central banks even slightly screw up, their actions could reverberate across the entire global economy causing an unprecedented economic recession.

Over the past decade, central banks have worked together to boost growth and transfer wealth to the top via economic policies designed for that purpose. That’s the debt-based system people around the world are used to. However, China and the United States aren’t feeling very cooperative anymore, meaning their central banks may make one mistake that could cause the entire system to come crashing down.

The International Monetary Fund this week cut its forecast for global gross domestic product to 3% in 2019 and 3.4% next year. That’s the weakest outlook in a decade, and down slightly from the lender’s projections in July. (The IMF views a pace of less than 2.5% a recession.) So while that’s not exactly rosy, comparing these numbers with the disaster of 2009, when GDP fell 0.1%, is very wide of the mark. The IMF also trimmed its outlook for China, which helped revive world growth after the past two slumps. economic recession. –Bloomberg

A Bloomberg journalist argues that if the central banks make just one tiny mistake in this already precarious economic situation they’ve already built, the entire house of cards will come crashing down. Central banks have been easing “simultaneously,” IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath told reporters Tuesday in Washington. Without that stimulus, which is likely to increase, the lender reckons the trajectory of world growth would be 0.5% lower.

Several central banks have cut rates this year and that points to the precarious nature of the global economy. Manufacturing is slumping, fiscal policy is patchy and an awful lot rides on the shoulders of consumers, whose spending is buttressed by low unemployment across major economies. The IMF’s Gopinath warned that a policy mistake could easily push this expansion off the rails.

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