Enough about China, everyone’s forgetting about 2 major drags on the economy

It’s been a turbulent few months for the markets, led by China’s economic rebalancing.

But with all the talk of Asia’s slowing growth, it’s easy to forget about two of the other big drags on on the global economic outlook — Brazil and Russia.

HSBC put together a handy map to illustrate how the world is doing.

Admittedly, Brazil and Russia have large land masses so maybe look disproportionately bad in bright red. But they are the largest two of only a handful of economies to experience negative growth.

Here’s the map:

HSBC gdp

Brazil contracted 2.6% in the past year, while Russia’s economy shrunk by 4.6%.

The two countries have also been the hardest hit by inflation out of the big global economies. Russia’s inflation rate is up at 15.6% (coupled with an 11% interest rate) while Brazil’s inflation is over 9%.

Here’s the inflation map:

HSBC inflation

But perhaps even more worring for Russia is the country’s demographic problem. Russia’s working age population growth is expected to stay stagnant while the rest of the world accelerates.

HSBC demographics

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