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mic conditions, solid job gains and moderately rising economic activity, though so

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2 percent and 10-year Treasury yields to about 2 percent. The Fed’s interest cut does not imply a start of a new r

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Tariff wars cloud US and global forecasts

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tly, he projected US growth at 3 percent. Yet analysts estimate US growth this year at 2.5 percent or less. Qua

上海夜网litative assessments suggest deterioration, as the growth of domestic demand is slumping.

Worse, US GDP growth forecasts for 2020 indicate softening to 1.8 percent, possibl

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rprises, China’s GDP growth is likely to stay within the target of 6.2 percent in 2019 and possibly in 2020 as well, with su

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an 0.5 percent of GDP, which could be offset by just a modest depreciation of the renminbi.

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spending, rising concern for continued trade wars and destabilizing geopolitics are likely to foster downside risks

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The author is the founder of Difference Group and has served at India, China and America In

stitute (US), Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (China) and the EU Cen上海夜网品茶微信

tre (Singapore). The views of the article do not necessarily represent those of China Daily.

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