Global Tightening Doubts, Draghi Questions, Brexit Deal: Eco Day

(Bloomberg) -- Welcome to Monday, Americas. Here’s the latest news from Bloomberg Economics:

  • The global economy headed into the final stretch of 2018 in weakened shape, leaving investors to question how much central banks will be able to tighten monetary policy next year
    • That’s even as governments are doing the most to propel the world economy in a decade
  • A key gauge of manufacturing health in Japan fell to its weakest level in two years, adding to warning signs that synchronized global growth may be coming to an end
  • There’s better news ahead for emerging markets. A pause in the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hiking cycle, a weaker dollar and softer oil prices will ease external pressures
  • Mario Draghi’s grilling by lawmakers on Monday is the highlight of a critical few days for the European Central Bank as it considers whether more stimulus is needed to overcome the euro-area slowdown
    • Chief economist Peter Praet says the end of the bond-buying program this year doesn’t mean policy is being tightened
    • Their comments come after German business sentiment soured amid sign of cooling foreign demand and rising trade tensions continued to drag on growth
  • In Italy, Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini signaled a new openness to change the nation’s budget deficit target for next year
  • Theresa May is trying to sell her Brexit agreement to skeptical politicians in Britain with a warning: "there is not a better deal available." EU leaders approved the plan and said it can’t be re-negotiated
  • U.K. businesses stand to lose access to a $1.7 trillion public procurement market if signatories to a World Trade Organization accord this week block Britain’s application for membership, which will lapse after it leaves the EU in March

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