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2014 Global Economic Growth

FFC's estimate of global economic growth for 2014 is 0.9%, down from 1.8% in 2013.  U.S. economic growth for 2014 is estimated at 1.1%.  China's growth for 2014 is estimated at 2.6%, down from 3.7% in 2013.

As you may notice, these growth numbers are much lower than the GDP growth rates published elsewhere.

U.S. First Quarter GDP

Both the U.S. real GDP and nominal GDP were down for the first quarter of 2015.  Why?  The roughly 40% drop in crude oil, gasoline, diesel, and natural gas prices that was NOT followed by a 40% increase in consumption of these products.

Crude oil price does have a significant impact on the U.S. economy.


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