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Bart van Ark

Bart van Ark
Chief Economist
The Conference Board

November 2018

The global economy has plateaued but shows no signs of falling off a cliff in 2019. Assuming no major disruptions, a gradual slowdown seems most likely. Underlying shifts in the economic landscape should not be ignored and will become more visible during 2019 and over the coming decade. Uncertainties about the slowdown are multifold: when, where, and how big? Seven short-term and seven medium-term trends should help businesses identify risks and opportunities and prepare for them.


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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