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ISSUE: #92, April 2018

The Longbrake Letter—April 2018 Outlook
- Bill Longbrake

2018 U.S. and global growth forecasts have been upgraded. The April Outlook Assessment evaluates U.S. and global 2018 forecasts made at the beginning of the year. Above potential economic growth continues to be a global theme as global and world economies are benefiting from years of easy monetary policy. Momentum is powerful and is self-reinforcing. Practically all economies are growing above potential and slack has already disappeared or is disappearing rapidly. However, recent U.S. and global data have been a bit softer than expected, which might mean that acceleration in momentum is waning.

The Longbrake Letter
- Bill Longbrake

2018 U.S. and global growth forecasts have been upgraded. The April Outlook Assessment evaluates U.S. and global 2018 forecasts made at the beginning of the year. Above potential economic growth continues to be a global theme as global and world economies are benefiting from years of easy monetary policy. Momentum is powerful and is self-reinforcing. Practically all economies are growing above potential and slack has already disappeared or is disappearing rapidly. However, recent U.S. and global data have been a bit softer than expected, which might mean that acceleration in momentum is waning.

Review of Treasury's CRA Recommendations
- Katie Wechsler

This article reviews Treasury's recommendations to update the Community Reinvestment Act.

     
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