Economic Recovery Hinges on Uncertainty, Says BBVA Compass Chief Economist in New Report

Bank Releases Fourth Quarter Outlook

Nov 21, 2011, 09:00 ET from BBVA Compass

HOUSTON, Nov. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A cooling global economy, fiscal uncertainty and Europe's sovereign debt crisis are threatening economic recovery, according to the BBVA Compass Fourth Quarter U.S. Economic Outlook.

"Economic growth is contingent on reducing uncertainty both domestically and globally," said Nathaniel Karp, the chief U.S. economist for BBVA Compass. "The European debt situation continues to introduce volatility in the market and underscores the necessity of getting things in order here in the U.S. Policymakers must take swift action to reduce fiscal uncertainty, which will ultimately increase investment and employment, and put the U.S. on a stable growth path."

According to the economic research group for BBVA Compass:

  • Although global growth is slowing, emerging economies are on track for a soft landing.
  • European efforts to alleviate financial tensions still leave key elements unresolved.
  • Solid personal consumption expenditures are boosting U.S. GDP growth above expectations.
  • Across the BBVA Compass Sunbelt, private-sector hiring is picking up pace and exports continue to propel activity.

The bank's Economic Outlook, which contains global, national and regional forecasts, also includes an article highlighting the U.S. Census Bureau's recently released data on income, poverty and health insurance. The states in the BBVA Compass Sunbelt Region tend to have lower incomes, higher poverty levels and lower rates of healthcare coverage than the rest of the U.S., the article finds.


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