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Project Syndicate: Biggest risk to economy: Fed-fueled bubbles could pop

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Project Syndicate) — Although the United States economy is in good shape — with essentially full employment and an inflation rate close to 2% — a world of uncertainty makes it worthwhile to consider what could go wrong in the year ahead. After all, if the U.S. economy runs into serious trouble, there will be adverse consequences for Europe, Japan, and many other countries.

Economic problems could of course originate from international political events. Russia has been acting dangerously in Eastern and Central Europe. China’s pursuit of territorial claims in the East and South China Seas, and its policies in East Asia more generally, is fueling regional uncertainty.

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