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Bart van Ark

Bart van Ark
Chief Economist
The Conference Board

March 2018

The financial market turmoil at the start of 2018 is the starkest sign yet of a transformation in the global economy. After almost a decade of slow growth, we may finally be returning to what one might call “the old normal”:  faster economic growth coming together with the return of increasing costs, inflation, rising interest rates, and greater volatility. Is the global economy strong enough to withstand these pressures and benefit from improved growth for another year or two?


StraightTalk is a quarterly publication from the Chief Economist of The Conference Board. It provides economic research, objective analysis, and forecasts to help new economy business executives assess economic conditions impacting their markets.



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