21 Sep, 2017
Top 3 Economic predictions for 2017
1.US economic growth will drive growth in the G7
On the back on strong job creation and rising household consumption, we expect the US to grow by around 2% this year. It could also surprise on the upside if the new administration lowers taxes and pursues plans to boost spending on infrastructure. Strong US growth will see the Federal Reserve gradually tighten monetary policy this year, following its rate rise in December last year. As such, we expect the dollar to strengthen further this year.
2.The peripheral Eurozone economies will continue to grow faster than the core
For the fourth consecutive year, we expect the peripheral Eurozone economies of Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Greece to grow faster than the core countries of France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. Irish GDP growth is expected to be the leader of the peripheral pack, expanding by more than 3% this year, while France and the Netherlands will lead the core at around 1.5%. On the jobs front, employment in the core is expected to hit an all-time high of around 97 million — but this will be outperformed by the periphery, who will create around 100,000 more jobs than the core.
3.Oil prices back on the rise — but should remain remain well below the 2014 peak
After falling to below 30 $ a barrel — lows not seen for over a decade — in January last year, oil prices have been back on the rise, almost doubling to around $52 a barrel by December. This gradual rise is projected to continue over the coming year, but we expect prices will remain around half their mid-2014 peaks of almost $110. This will raise the economic prospects of many emerging markets who rely on commodity exports, but will also increase costs for the many industries and businesses for whom energy comprises a larger proportion of operating costs — this will include the airline industry
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