The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) has continuously been overly optimistic regarding its expectations for economic growth in the United States since the last recession ended in 2009. If their annual forecasts had been realized over the past four years, then at the end of 2013 the U.S. economy should have been approximately $1 trillion, or 6%, larger. The preponderance of research suggests that the FOMC has been incorrect in its presumption of the effectiveness of quantitative easing (QE) on boosting economic growth. This faulty track record calls into question their latest prediction of 2.9% real GDP growth for 2014 and 3.4% for 2015.
Our 2014 Global Investor Sentiment Survey results indicate that by many measures Canadian – and global – investors are optimistic about the year ahead. Following 2013, a year that saw the global economy grow at its fastest pace in nearly three years, investors show growing optimism about stocks, their investment returns and their ability to reach their financial goals. But this positive outlook is tempered by a lingering sense of uncertainty, as 52% of global investors indicate they’ll follow a more conservative strategy this year. This is lower than 2013, however, when 57% of global respondents said they would take on less risk in the year ahead.
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