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The Big Picture

The World Economy in 2018

With the new year comes new optimism, as growth seems set to pick up almost everywhere and stock markets remain at dizzying heights. But how confident can we be that today's buoyancy will last?

 Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Spencer Platt/Getty Images
RMB banknotes in a wallet Zhang Peng/Getty Images
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