Whether or not one believes the Fed will taper (then almost instantly un-taper based on the market’s reaction) or not in the coming months, Bernanke’s “tease” in the early summer this year should give most pause for thought as to just how dependent ‘everything’ is on the Fed’s money printing. As the following chart from Bloomberg’s Michael McDonough shows, things changed when big Ben dropped the hint that the punchbowl will not be here forever. There is one region, however, that for now has improved its outlook for 2014 GDP growth since the taper-tease…
The largest decline occurred in Latin America, where the 2014 GDP growth consensus diminished to 3.21 percent from 3.99 percent on Jan. 1. and EMEA (the most dependent on abundant, cheap foreign capital to fuel their economic growth). Western Europe, which experienced the largest improvement, is forecasted to grow 1.39 percent in 2014, compared to 1.33 percent at the start of the year. Global growth is anticipated to total 2.85 percent in 2014.
The U.S. 2014 growth forecast has fallen modestly to 2.6 percent from 2.8 percent at the start of the year.
Though U.S. GDP growth is forecasted to accelerate to 3.0 percent quarter-on-quarter SAAR by the fourth quarter of next year.
Hope – it’s always just around the corner…
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