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Markets and economies have been rocked by a number of major changes since we published our last Global Outlook in November: the drop in oil prices and the rise in the US dollar became much more pronounced, and global monetary policy became significantly more supportive than expected.

While the Fed has behaved largely as anticipated by dropping its commitment to be “patient” about raising rates, thus opening the door to rate hikes later this year, it also confirmed that the pace is likely to be extraordinarily gradual.

More broadly, a surprisingly large number of central banks around the world have cut interest rates, and the European Central Bank (ECB) outperformed already high expectations by embarking on a massive asset buying program that will last at least 16 months and amount to more than 1 trillion euros.

As far as implications are concerned, these changes are mostly positive for both economies and markets – at least for the developed countries – and in many respects reinforce trends that were already in place.


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