Capital Markets: Observations & Insights

Key Observations

• Global debt levels are high but servicing costs are manageable and delinquencies remain subdued • Monetary conditions are tightening but stocks and the economy should be able to absorb moderate increases in interest rates • Business spending has begun to accelerate and outpace the broader economy, driven by strong earnings growth, tax reform, solid business confidence, and accommodative lending conditions

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Degrees of Debt

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