7 Problems That Could Derail the Global Recovery


Declining consumer sentiment.

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This month, the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index fell 10 points to 67.5, its lowest level since November 2009. According to Theresa Chen, analyst at Barclays Capital: “We believe this is largely owed to increasing commodity prices, which puts pressure on household income and personal consumption.”

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