From the trade war to Brexit and the Hong Kong turmoil, simmering political issues remain a threat to global growth

Global markets are caught in the crossfire between slowing global growth and increasing policy stimulus.Slowing trade has dragged down industrial activity, and with it gross domestic product and profits growth in the global economy. Global economic growth indicators have been falling since mid-2018, with many showing outright contraction in the manufacturing sector. And, in stock markets, expectations for global profit growth this year have dropped to less than 2 per cent from just under 10 per…

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