​World economy to leap back to growth after a drop in early 2015

Reuters/Yves Herman
The world can expect economic output to recover after its disappointing performance in the first quarter, say economists at JPMorgan Chase and Capital Economics.

Global growth has averaged 2.8 percent in the first quarter since 2010, compared to an overall rate of 3 percent, says Bloomberg citing JPMorgan analysts. So far growth in 2015 has been just 1.7 percent, which is almost a percentage point below the bank forecast at the beginning of the year. In the second half of 2014 it was 3.1 percent.

“We have a forecast of a rebound in growth in the second quarter from this disappointment, with the US leading the way,” said Bruce Kasman, JPMorgan’s chief economist as quoted by Bloomberg.

Kasman expects an upswing of three percent this quarter and 3.3 percent in the third.

US economic outlook is likely to be spoiled by last week’s news of the weakest hiring since December 2013, which is suggested was a result of lower retail sales and sales of capital goods in the first quarter. Given that, JPMorgan estimated growth at just 0.6 percent.

The slowing growth in the US is most likely caused by an especially frigid winter weighed down by the oil crisis. Employment and wages will soon see a rebound as well, Stephen Jen, founder of the hedge fund SLJ Macro Partners LLP, told clients in a report Monday.

The expectations of further economic recovery are underlined by a number of factors including an expansionary purchasing managers’ index (PMI) that slipped only one tenth a percentage point in March from 51.9 in February.

READ MORE: ECB announces milestone €1.14trn ‘easy money’ program

Analysts also expect eurozone growth of 2.3 percent from two percent in the previous quarter due to the €1.14 trillion program of quantitative easing started in March by the European Central Bank.

However, the start of the ‘easy money’ program poses certain risks to the European sovereign debt market, as investors fear losing money on their debt.

The €60 billion per month bond buying program, which came into force March 9, is increasing the price of 10-year bonds, which makes the yield fall.

On April 2 JP Morgan also revised Russia's GDP forecast for the better after the bank adjusted its forecast for the price of Brent crude oil from $49 to $59 per barrel in 2015. Thus, Russia’s GDP is expected to fall by 4 percent instead of 5 percent, according to the bank.

JP Morgan analysts expect 2015 to be the second year of global growth at about 2.7 percent even with the shock felt by the world economy at the turn of 2014-2015.