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Will the Global Economy Expand in 2010? The seizing of financial markets that followed Lehman Brothers’ failure caused the global economy to fall into its deepest recession in decades. By the spring of 2009 industrial production in the 30 countries that comprise the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) had plunged more than 15 percent from year-earlier levels. Incredibly, … Will the Global Economy Expand in 2010? The seizing of financial markets that followed Lehman Brothers’ failure caused the global economy to fall into its deepest recession in decades. By the spring of 2009 industrial production in the 30 countries that comprise the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) had plunged more than 15 percent from year-earlier levels. Incredibly, it could have been far worse. The governments of the world’s major countries averted catastrophe at the height of the crisis by taking steps to prevent a wholesale collapse of their financial systems via recapitalization, loan guarantees and increased deposit insurance. In addition, major central banks slashed policy rates to unprecedented levels, and many implemented programs of “quantitative easing” to provide further stimulus. Governments in most major countries opened the fiscal taps. There are signs that the medicine is having its desired effects and that growth is returning to most economies. Industrial production in the OECD nations rose 5 percent from its nadir in March 2009 to September, although it remains 13 percent below its February 2008 peak. Thank you for your interest in Wells Fargo’s Economic Commentary by Email. You are receiving this message because you have requested Economic Commentary information and updates sent via email. If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please click on the following link to access the Economic Commentary by Email registration page: http://www.wachovia.com/economicsemail.

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