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The Year Ahead

With U.S. Help, Global Growth in 2020 May Recover a Bit From a Dismal 2019

Emerging-market economies will contribute, but trade tensions remain the big negative.
Idle cranes at a container shipping port in China.

Idle cranes at a container shipping port in China.

Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

To avoid a recession in the U.S. in 2020, households need to keep spending, peace needs to break out in global trade wars, and investors can’t get spooked—by the U.S. presidential election or anything else. It would also help if policymakers in Europe and China did their part to shore up growth, even though the tools they have to do so are limited.

It’s likely that all these things will happen. That’s why Bloomberg Economics is forecasting that the U.S. economy will grow 2% in 2020 as the record-length expansion turns 11 years old in June. It’s also why election models focused solely on the strength of the domestic economy are predicting a win for Donald Trump in November. After all, real incomes are rising, and unemployment is at a 50-year low.