With a faltering economy, political gridlock, high interest rates, delayed monsoons and an epic power outage that has plunged half its 1.2 billion population into darkness, optimism is a sparse commodity in India.
Just not when it comes to rising house prices.
‘What goes up a lot must keep going up’ was the conclusion from the very first Reuters Indian housing market poll this week. And it sounded very familiar.
If it were about age, 40-somethings would cringe. But it seems a dead certainty that 40 now means 50 — or even higher — when it comes to predicting the chances of a recession taking place.
Going by past Reuters polls of economists, every time the probability hits 40 percent, the recession’s already started or is perilously close to doing so.