SINGAPORE (Feb 4): Geoff Lewis, senior strategist (Asia), Macroeconomic Strategy & Research, Manulife Asset Management (Asia), has a view contrary to the International Monetary Fund’s on global growth. IMF has revised global growth down by 0.2 percentage point for this year to 3.5%, and by 0.1ppt for 2020 to 3.6%. “The downward revisions are modest; however, we believe the risks to more significant downward corrections are rising. While financial markets in advanced economies appeared to be decoupled from trade tensions for much of 2018, the two have become intertwined more recently, tightening financial conditions and escalating the risks to global growth,” IMF says in a news release.

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