World economic recovery - playing devil's advocate

Chi Lo questions the global economic recovery already priced into the markets.

Unexpectedly strong growth data from three of the world's most important economies have cheered the equity market recently. Japan's GDP grew by 2.2% in the third quarter of this year, China's economy surged by 9.1% and the US jumped by 8.2% the third quarter. The market seems to be pricing in sustained world growth. What about if that is wrong, and what will the impact be on Asia It is time to play devil's advocate.

Japan's vulnerability

The strength of investment has been a big surprise in Japan's strong GDP growth. However, the weakening performance of two key components, machinery orders and private construction orders, in recent months does not support...

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