Putnam Global GDP Nowcast | April 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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Global growth slows

SHORT-TERM TREND
Global growth downshifts in March
3.90%

Among G10 countries, growth in the eurozone and Japan lost momentum. Industrial production slowed among eurozone economies, while Japan’s industrial production and business indicators disappointed. Turkey’s economy also slowed, and growth in Latin America moderated. China’s growth held steady, while the economies of Taiwan and Singapore slackened.

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 March 31, 2018. 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.