U.S. Q3 2019 GDP growth estimated at 2.1% as personal consumption soars; Total Public Debt as Percent of GDP at highest ever level

U.S. real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 2.1% in Q3 2019, according to the third estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Revised GDP growth for Q2 2019 was 2%.

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Eurozone and European Union Q3 2019 GDP grows by 0.3% (QoQ); Germany, Italy and Austria economic growth at just 0.1%

Q3 2019 GDP was up by 0.3 % in both the Eurozone (EA19) and in the European Union (EU28), compared to Q2 2019. In Q2 2019, GDP grew by 0.2 % in the Eurozone (EA19) and in the European Union (EU28). Compared with the Q3 2018 (same quarter of the previous year), seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 1.2 % in the Eurozone (EA19) and by 1.4 % in the European Union (EU28) in Q3 2019.

 

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Eurozone and European Union Q2 2019 growth slows to just to 0.2% (QoQ); Quarterly growth slowest in 5 years

Seasonally adjusted Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rose by 0.2% in both the Eurozone (EA19) and the European Union (EU28) during Q2 2019, compared with Q1 2019, according to a preliminary estimate published by Eurostat. Quarterly growth is now slowest in 5 years.

Eurozone European Union GDP Growth until Q2 2019

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Eurozone government debt to GDP at 86% and European Union government debt to GDP at 81%; Government debt to GDP soars for Cyprus and Greece

Government debt to GDP for the Eurozone stood at 85.9% at the end of Q1 2019 (as against 87.1% at the end of Q1 2018). For the European Union, the number was 80.7% (as against 81.6% at the end of Q1 2018).

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The Federal Reserve has done the right thing by reducing its balance sheet and increasing interest rates to support a thriving economy, why reverse this now?

The Federal Reserve has unwound its balance sheet by 12% over the past year and reduced it to $3.81 trillion (from a peak of $4.5 trillion in 2017).

It has also increased interest rates since from 0.25% (range of 0% to 0.25%) in 2016 to 2.5% (range of 2.25% to 2.5%) now.

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38 countries currently have interest rates at an all-time low

A decade on from the financial crisis, 38 countries currently have interest rates at an all-time low. Ultra-low interest rates seem to be the tool of choice for Central Banks to help stimulate economies globally. But seriously, this a decade on from the financial crisis? Did the world really recover from the financial crisis? Probably not …

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