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10 key questions about 2020

Which 10 key questions should be put to the financial markets right now? Danske Bank’s economists stick their necks out and focus on the areas that have the potential to influence the global economy the most during the coming year. Can you guess what they consider essential – read their predictions.

Jens Nærvig-Pedersen

Senior analyst

Mikael Milhøj

Senior analyst

Allan von Mehren

Chief analyst

Jakob Ekholdt Christensen

Chief analyst

  • The global economy is set to recover modestly with slight upside risk from a possible phase two US-China trade agreement. 

  • The Fed and ECB reviews are likely to result in a significant shift in their monetary policy framework, but especially for the ECB the review will not be completed this year. 

  • Global fiscal impulse is likely to stay lukewarm as the global economy recovers. 

  • President Trump seems to be running behind but it is too early to make big conclusions. Irrespective of who wins, market reaction will be limited due to a likely divided Congress. 

  • In the trade war between China and the US, we look for a partial phase two deal in H1 2020 after the completion of phase one in mid-January. 

  • The UK and the EU27 are set to agree on only a limited FTA by 31 December 2020 – but a no-deal Brexit risk still looms. 

  • The broad USD is unlikely to weaken significantly in 2020 due to an ongoing investor preference for US assets and elevated USD carry. 

  • Bund yields to stay in a relatively tight range because of technical factors and the economic outlook remaining too weak.

  • Upside for global equities limited amid highest valuations in 15 years and likely constant equity risk premiums. 

  • There would have to be a significant escalation of the Middle East crisis to send oil prices sharply higher this year.

90 seconds about global economy

Each year we publish the report Big Picture two times. Here you can see what our expectations were for H1, 2020, when we published the report in december.