Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

The global economy is poised at “a delicate moment”. While economic growth will likely soften further through 2019, fears of imminent recession are largely overblown.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

Conflicting signals emanated from the world’s two largest economies over the past month, each with implications for the global growth outlook.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

Global equity markets have continued to recover through February. The fundamental question for investors is for how much longer can gains persist if global growth continues to decelerate throughout the course of 2019.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

Looking ahead, geopolitical concerns and anxiety as to the future prospects of the global economy will likely ebb and flow for some time to come yet.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

In 2018 the unusually synchronised economic growth upswing that characterised 2016 and 2017 ended.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

As the US economy continues to motor along, its outperformance is leaving other global economies in its wake.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

IFM Investors Chief Economist Dr Alex Joiner comments on the latest global economic news and trends.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

With global trade tensions rising, it is becoming increasingly evident that ‘trade wars’ are threatening to reopen ‘currency wars’.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

As the second half of 2018 begins it appears that peak investor and participant bullishness towards the much vaunted synchronous global economic cycle has now passed.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

As we approach the mid-point of 2018, it seems appropriate to look back to see how markets have performed so far this year, and why.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) biannual World Economic Outlook (WEO) was released in April.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

The volatility that characterised global investment markets in February and March has continued into April.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

The US economic outlook is of key interest to investors globally as it drives the underlying prospects for financial markets.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

As 2017 ended, markets had entered a bliss point, with strong returns in a low volatility environment.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

We entered 2017 full of trepidation. Geopolitical risks were taking precedence over economic ones, and a dreaded “Black Swan” event was seemingly a very real prospect.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

The US economy continues to perform well as we move into the last quarter of 2017.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

Another watershed moment in the post-global financial crisis monetary experiment fast approaches.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) had markets moving this month, particularly the Australian dollar.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

Evidence continues to mount that the era of extraordinary central bank policy accommodation is at an end.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

Global financial markets continued to edge cautiously higher through May.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) biannual World Economic Outlook (WEO) was released in April.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

For much of the last month or so the upward momentum in US financial markets has begun to wane.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

Markets focused heavily on policy speeches given in the US this month.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

The financial market’s positive view of President Donald Trump’s economic policy platform has now spread to market and official economists alike.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

The global economic environment can be described as lukewarm in 2016.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

Nervousness ahead of the US election dominated markets and news flow over much of late October and early November.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

Central banks the focus of market attention - Recent market focus has squarely been on the advanced economy central banks.
Economic Update

Alex Joiner,
Chief Economist

Recent months have brought further monetary policy stimulus in Japan and the UK.