The IMF has recently trimmed its overall global forecast — down to 4.2% from 4.3%, for 2011.
Whereas, the various advanced economies are expected to grow by a subdued 2.2%, on average.
However, any double-dip recession is considered most unlikely — as investment and domestic consumption has replaced the building up of inventories.
According to the IMF: “Investment in machinery and equipment is already showing strength in a number of advanced economies.”
Nonetheless, spending and investment in most advanced economies will be constrained by households replenishing their savings; and banks remaining reluctant to lend freely to businesses. Plus, the US housing market still languishes.
Overall, the lack of business investment (and therefore employment growth) will adversely impact on tax revenues. And thereby, make government debt reduction programs a slow process.
On all counts, Australia will continue to enjoy solid growth — relative to other advanced economies. And this will provide ongoing pressure for interest rates to rise, over the next three years.
All the more reason to lock in your interest rates long-term … for any Commercial property investments you intend to make.