Trading Down: the End of the Global Trade Boom
The international trading boom which goes hand-in-hand with globalisation has been steadily cooling off since the financial crisis of 2008. The unprecedented post-war growth in trade and the increased integration of the world's economies has been one of the most powerful engines, driving, in particular, the emerging economies. So what does this current slump mean for the future? Are we experiencing a new norm? George Magnus, former chief economist at UBS and economic consultant thinks we may be.
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