Five charts that explain the global economy in 2018

The global economy started 2018 on a positive note however the momentum lost steam. In this article, Oya Celasun, Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti, and Maurice Obstfeld explain the entire year in five charts.

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IMF blog, 20 December 2018

1 The global economy started 2018 on an upbeat note, buoyed by a pickup in global manufacturing and trade through 2017. As investors’ confidence in the global economic outlook lost steam, so did the upswing.