2018/09/13: The current global expansion will likely continue into next year, given that the US is running large fiscal deficits, China is pursuing loose fiscal and credit policies, and Europe remains on a recovery path.
But by 2020, the conditions will be ripe for a financial crisis, followed by a global recession. There are 10 reasons for this.
Come 2020, the stage will be set for another downturn and, unlike in 2008, governments will lack the policy tools to manage it.
The space for fiscal stimulus is already limited by massive public debt. The possibility for more unconventional monetary policies will be limited by bloated balance sheets and the lack of headroom to cut policy rates. And financial-sector bailouts will be intolerable in countries with resurgent populist movements and near-insolvent governments.