1. United States 8,134 | 2. Germany 3,395.5 | 3. IMF International Monetary Fund 2,814 | 4. Italy 2,451.8 | 5. France 2,435.5 | Source: World Gold Council
Over nearly 10 years, the world economy has been growing by a moderate but steady clip. In 2019 though, risks such as Brexit, trade wars and higher interest rates could spell the end to an unprecedented economic boom.
The head of the International Monetary Fund has thrown her weight behind the US central bank's recent rate hikes. Her support came after Donald Trump had called the Fed's policies "crazy" and harmful.
The IMF has cut its global economic forecast for 2018 and 2019, citing above all rising import tariffs between the US and China. A fall in trade volumes and manufacturing orders could hit Germany particularly hard.
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