10 April 2019

1) The IMF (International Monetary Fund) has reduced their forecasted for world economic growth from 3.5% to 3.3%, which is the third reduction since last October. It forecasted 2.3% growth for the US economy, as well as reduced growth forecast for Germany and Great Britain.

2) Walmart is rolling out thousands of robots for use in their retail stores across America. These robots will automatically scan shelves and clean floors. With a million employees, Walmart is seeking ways to keep labor cost down.

3) Bank of America is raising it’s minimum wage to $20 an hour over the next two years. Starting the first of May, the rate will increase to $17 per hour. The bank has 205,000 employees.

4) 9 APR 19 Stock market closings: Markets pulled down by industrial sector.

Dow             26,150.58    down    190.44
Nasdaq          7,909.28    down      44.61
S&P 500         2,878.20    down      17.57

10 Year Yield:    down   at    2.50%

Oil:    up   at    $64.24

SLOW ECONOMIC GROWTH THROUGHOUT THE GLOBE… NEXT YEAR 2016….

economic forecast 2015

By: Economic & Finance Report

The world continues to slow down economically, and will continue until 2016 as well. Stagnation seems to be currently occuring for the rest of 2015 and this will also hinder 2016 prospects. More developed countries such as the US, Great Britain, Germany, have been able to weather the storm and hold up recovery efforts being influenced world wide.

However OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development) indicates that future outlook seems bleek for the most part for the next couple of years because of the slowdown of the economy in Japan, and other eurozone/european countries. They instituted this as being ” puzzles and uncertanties” 

The OECD maintained that “prospect of higher interest rates in the US and UK had exposed the vulnerability of emerging market economies to higher borrowing costs.”  

China and Brazil happen to be two of the hardest countries hit by the  economic slowdown. -SB