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After blockbuster growth in the US in recent years, the trade war between Washington and Beijing, coupled with the negative impacts of January's government shutdown, threaten to slow the American economic juggernaut.
China continues to slow, while in Europe, Italy has entered a recession, and the continent's economic powerhouse, Germany, is on the cusp of doing so. Add the looming threat of a no deal Brexit to the equation, and these are uncertain times.
Working out which way the global economy will tip is no mean feat, with countless indicators of growth and economic prospects creating a huge web of analysis prospects.
According to Neil Shearing, the group chief economist at research house Capital Economics, one set of indicators is more important than any other right now: those which track financial conditions.
Read more:A wild debt boom which fueled rapid growth for China and emerging markets 'may already have burst'
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