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For the Global Economy, a Sluggish 2020 Awaits

Michael Monderer
Senior Analyst for Global Economics, Stratfor
Jan 28, 2020 | 17:36 GMT
Environmentalists stage a protest against a World Economic Forum briefing meeting in Brussels on Jan. 27, 2020.

Environmentalists stage a protest against a World Economic Forum briefing meeting in Brussels on Jan. 27, 2020. Environmental changes and more could hamper global economic growth in 2020.

(DURSUN AYDEMIR/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

For the global economy in the year ahead, challenges won’t be far away, with uncertainty from unpredictable policymaking on trade and investment, coupled with potential geopolitical disruptions and financial vulnerabilities, leading the way. And if these risks come to pass, the world's leading economies will be hard-pressed to respond in a coordinated, effective manner. Already, international cooperation is frayed as countries look increasingly inward, while slower growth with stagnant incomes could encourage even more economic nationalism than exists at present. Ultimately, the host of threats presents the world's policymakers with a tricky path toward safeguarding growth in the global economy....

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