Confrontation Between Ukraine and Russia Unlikely to Slow Global Growth, Standish Says

London and New York - 19 March 2014

Heightened Volatility Possible 

Geopolitical risks brought on by the confrontation between Ukraine and Russia are unlikely to slow global gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2014, according to the March Global Macro Views from Standish Mellon Asset Management Company LLC, the Boston-based fixed income specialist for BNY Mellon.

Standish continues to forecast global GDP growth of 3.5 percent in 2014 and 3.7 percent in 2015.

"Ukraine is only a $175 billion economy* in nominal GDP and is not likely to have much impact on the $73 trillion global economy," said Thomas Higgins, chief economist for Standish and a co-author of the report.  "Our base case is that the crisis in the region will not intensify, though it could continue to be a source of volatility in global financial markets."

Looking at various regions, Standish continues to see 2.7 percent growth for the U.S. in 2014.  For the euro zone, Standish forecasts growth of 1.2 percent for 2014, slightly above the consensus of one percent.  

For the United Kingdom, Standish is forecasting GDP growth of 2.6 percent in 2014.  "The U.K. growth story remains strong, as increases in business investment such as buildings and machinery came in particularly strong in the fourth quarter of 2013," Higgins said.  

In other regions, Standish is looking for GDP growth in 2014 of 7.2 percent in China, 1.5 percent in Japan, 3.2 percent in Latin America, and 2.6 percent in eastern Europe. For Russia, Standish is forecasting GDP growth of 2.2 percent in 2014.  The report notes that the confrontation with Ukraine could spark investor concern that Russia's economic growth could be threatened by economic sanctions.

*According to the International Monetary Fund World Economic Outlook Database as of January 2014

Standish Mellon Asset Management Company LLC, with approximately $162 billion of assets under management, provides investment management services across a broad spectrum of fixed income asset classes. These include corporate credit, emerging markets debt (dollar-denominated and local currency), core / core plus, tax–sensitive, short duration, stable value and opportunistic (U.S. and global) strategies.  Standish also offers full service capabilities in insurance client strategies and liability driven investing. The firm includes assets managed by Standish personnel acting as dual officers of The Dreyfus Corporation and The Bank of New York Mellon and Alcentra NY, LLC personnel acting as dual officers of Standish.

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