The outlook for global growth is important to investors, since it defines the ultimate pace of activity that creates value for countries, companies, and consumers. This week, as investors begin to digest the S&P 500 earnings reports for the second quarter of 2014, we provide an update on how estimates for economic growth for 2014 and 2015 in the United States and across the globe have evolved over the past few years.
Last week, Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of The International Monetary Fund (IMF), signaled that the IMF would cut its global growth forecasts for both 2014 and 2015, when it releases its mid-year forecast update later this month. Although the release garnered plenty of headlines in the media, the majority of financial market participants took little notice of the report. Why? Because consensus forecasts for global gross domestic product (GDP) growth are available monthly from sources like Bloomberg News, and because markets react to changes in projected paths of economic growth every day amid the daily, weekly, and monthly drumbeat of economic data and events from around the globe.
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