Putnam Global GDP Nowcast | January 2018

The Putnam Global GDP Nowcast index is a proprietary GDP-weighted quantitative model that tracks key growth factors across 25 economies. This index and individual country indexes are used as key signals in Putnam’s interest-rate and foreign-exchange strategies.

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The growth trajectory remains robust

SHORT-TERM TREND
Growth increased slightly in December
4.12%

Among G10 countries, growth increased the most in Canada and the U.K. Canada’s economy got a boost from employment data, the IVEY Purchasing Managers Index, and retail sales. U.S. growth improved as personal consumption expenditure (PCE) rose. Among emerging markets, growth improved in Russia, Turkey, and Singapore, but held steady in China.

LONG-TERM CYCLE
This six-year illustration captures GDP gyrations since the financial crisis.

Sept ’10–Dec ’13

Global growth swings dramatically, under pressure from sovereign debt crises and darkening global growth prospects amid fitful recoveries.

Jan ’14–Oct ’16

Global growth settles into a more subdued pattern of modestly disappointing results.

Nov ’16–today

More synchronous performance across global markets emerges to lift the trajectory of global growth.

Source: Putnam. Data as of December 31, 2017. We base our Global GDP Nowcast on a tailored methodology that captures daily data releases for the most essential growth characteristics for each of 25 countries — including purchasing managers’ index data, industrial production, retail sales data, labor market metrics, real estate price indexes, sentiment indicators, and numerous other factors. The mix of factors used for each market may change over time as new indicators become available from data sources or if certain factors become more, or less, predictive of economic growth.