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Citigroup economists see chance of global recession nearing 50%

Bloomberg6/22/2022 04:14 PM GMT+08  • 1 min read
Citigroup economists see chance of global recession nearing 50%
Citigroup now sees the world economy growing 3% this year and 2.8% in 2023. Photo: Bloomberg
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The probability of the world economy succumbing to a recession is nearing 50% as central banks tighten monetary policy and demand for goods weakens, according to economists at Citigroup Inc.

Supply shocks continue to push up inflation and drive down growth, while central banks are now hiking interest rates vigorously and consumer demand for goods is softening, the economists led by Nathan Sheets said in a report on Wednesday.

“The experience of history indicates that disinflation often carries meaningful costs for growth and we see the aggregate probability of recession as now approaching 50%,” the economists wrote. “Central banks may yet engineer the soft -- or “softish” -- landings embody in their forecasts (and in ours), but this will require supply shocks to ebb and demand to remain resilient.”

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