Economic growth is an increase in the quantity and value of goods and services produced by an economy in one period compared to another. This increase is inflation-adjusted and most commonly measured in real GDP (Gross National Product).
A country’s productivity can be influenced by many factors, both on a national level and internationally within the global market. Some of the main influences include growth in physical stock, an expanding labour force, advances in technology, and an increased consumer demand.
Analysis of economic growth can determine where a country is in the market cycle. When an economy is growing sustainably, it is in the expansion phase. This spurt of production activity means business sales are increasing. This can sometimes be accompanied by a bull market in stocks, and a bear market in bonds.
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High-frequency economic indicators suggest the Chinese economy has yet to recover from the coronavirus, supporting anecdotal evidence of extended factory closures. Depending on how quickly activity returns to normal, the Chinese economy could contract at a double-digit pace in the first quarter, pushing annual growth down to just 3%.
We maintain our long-term positive bias on India. The stress in the shadow bank sector will eventually blow over and Prime Minister Modi still has a lot of political capital to push reform. However, while we previously sought to buy on dips, these dips now have to be deeper to entice us.