What is Economic Growth?


Economic growth is an increase in the quantity and value of goods and services produced by an economy in one period compared to another. This increase is inflation-adjusted and most commonly measured in real GDP (Gross National Product).


A country’s productivity can be influenced by many factors, both on a national level and internationally within the global market. Some of the main influences include growth in physical stock, an expanding labour force, advances in technology, and an increased consumer demand.


Analysis of economic growth can determine where a country is in the market cycle. When an economy is growing sustainably, it is in the expansion phase. This spurt of production activity means business sales are increasing. This can sometimes be accompanied by a bull market in stocks, and a bear market in bonds.


Economic Growth News from LGIM


As one of the UK’s leading investment managers, LGIM offers knowledge and experience that can bring real benefit to investors looking to understand policy and politics affecting economic growth.


Find the latest research on economic growth rates and the key factors to sustainably driving economic growth.


Our Asset Allocation team includes dedicated and accomplished US, European and Global economists, whose focus is to assess the macroeconomic environment in the developed world. This includes researching government policy, emerging political trends, as well as the outlook for economic growth and inflation. Our economists then work with our team of strategists and portfolio managers to translate their views into what this means at a portfolio level.


The yield curve ball

The ‘yield curve’ has flattened significantly. This is worrying both investors and some Fed members given its track record of anticipating recessions. But has the yield curve become a less timely predictor in recent cycles?

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US thrift – saving grace?

US households have apparently been saving far more than we realised. Could this affect how much longer the economic cycle lasts?

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A postcard from Greece

For a small economy, Greece has kept European economists like me very busy, particularly at times of economic and political stress. Here are my key takeaways from a recent trip meeting policymakers, investors and analysts.

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Don't shock me now

I'm not sure exactly why Queen's "Don't stop me now" has been stuck in my head...something to do with football and wishing not to get knocked out maybe...we were having such a good time! Anyway, as I say in this Sky News interview on the Ian King Show, only a big shock would stop the Bank of England from hiking in August. I also discuss the merits of the new monthly GDP data.

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