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Gerard Fitzpatrick: Positive on global growth


Guest blogger Gerard Fitzpatrick is portfolio manager at Russell Investments, where he runs a $5 billion global bond fund.

The views expressed here are entirely the author’s own and do not constitute Reuters point of view.

The global economic outlook is positive overall, currently powered by China and America’s twin engines of growth. Questions have been asked about the level to which the Japanese disaster may slow down the world’s economic recovery, but in reality, it’s expected to have only a small negative effect on global growth this year.

Europe remains constrained by the Euro sovereign crisis, and we expect to see only low levels of European growth. Europe is moving in the right direction, but there are still lingering challenges. Despite Greece and Ireland remaining at risk of default, the economic outlook is moderately positive.