Monday , 21 August 2017


How Does GDP Growth in US & UK Compare With Other Major Economies?

So says Prieur du Plessis (www.investmentpostcards.com)  in edited excerpts from an article* which Lorimer Wilson, editor of www.munKNEE.com (Your Key to Making Money!), has further edited ([ ]), abridged (…) and reformatted (some sub-titles and bold/italics emphases) below for the sake of clarity and brevity to ensure a fast and easy read. The author’s views and conclusions are unaltered and no personal comments have been included to maintain the integrity of the original article. Please note that this paragraph must be included in any article re-posting to avoid copyright infringement.

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du Plessis goes on to say, in part:

Eurozone

The outlook for the eurozone is grim…The eurozone is therefore firmly in the grip of a recession.

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Sources: Dismal Scientist; Markit; Plexus Asset Management

The German IFO Business Expectations Index indicates that the eurozone economy will face further headwinds going into the first quarter next year.

Sources: Dismal Scientist; Markit; Plexus Asset Management

USA

In the U.S. the current level of the ISM GDP-weighted PMI (manufacturing and non-manufacturing) is consistent with year-on-year GDP growth of 1.5 – 2.0%. I expect year-on-year growth of about 1.75% in the fourth quarter – up slightly from 1.6% in the third quarter. On a quarter-on-quarter annualized basis I therefore expect a slight acceleration to 2.86% from 2.46% in the third quarter.

Sources: Dismal Scientist; Markit; Plexus Asset Management

Japan

Japan’s GDP probably stopped contracting in the third quarter and may have expanded for the first time since the third quarter of last year. The manufacturing PMI also indicates a further but tepid expansion in the Japanese economy.

Sources: Dismal Scientist; Markit; Plexus Asset Management

China

The GDP-weighted CFLP PMI (manufacturing and non-manufacturing) for China indicates further weakening of GDP growth on a year-ago basis to below 9%.

Sources: Dismal Scientist; CGLP; Li & Fung; Plexus Asset Management

The fortunes of China’s economy and especially the manufacturing sector remain closely tied to those of Japan.

Sources: CFLP; Li & Fung; Markit; Plexus Asset Management

United Kingdom

The U.K. economy is heading for a recession. The GDP-weighted PMI that I calculate indicates that year-on-year GDP growth in the fourth quarter has stagnated, if not contracted. I estimate that the economy has probably contracted by approximately 1% or an annualized rate of more than 4% from the third quarter.

Sources: Dismal Scientist; Markit; Plexus Asset Management

To summarize:

  • Japan: expanding at last
  • China: growth slowing
  • U.S.: slight acceleration in growth
  • Eurozone: in deepening recession
  • U.K.: entering recession

*http://www.investmentpostcards.com/2011/11/09/outlook-for-major-economies-mixed-bag/

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