With slowing growth in emerging markets and lackluster growth in mature economies, CFOs should prepare for increasing costs, especially labor costs. But there is a silver lining to this cloudy forecast: high liquidity and low interest mean there are strong upsides to thoughtful investments. Making productivity a core business strategy can offset some negatives. And even when slowing, emerging markets will continue to grow faster than most mature economies, while receiving growth impulses from their rising middle classes. To find growth opportunities, CFOs will need to target specific regions and consumer categories and keep an eye on new and developing trade deals.
How will the 2016 oulook affect economies around the world?