Medium- and Long-term Forecast
- Real GDP growth will average 2.2% per year during 2016–46
- The outlook for inflation remains moderate. Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation will average 2.4% per year over the forecast period. Core inflation will average 2.0%.
- Nonfarm business productivity growth averages 1.7% over the forecast period
- The current-account deficit remains negative over the forecast period, averaging 3.3% of GDP
- Real oil prices eventually stabilize at about $80–85 per barrel (2009 dollars)
- The labor market improves over the forecast period, with the unemployment rate eventually settling around 4.7%
- The federal budget deficit remains in deficit through 2046
Country Risk Rating for the United States
President Donald Trump's administration promises to have a major impact on the domestic political and violent risk operating environment, as Republicans maintain majority control of both Congressional houses. Trump campaigned on a domestic platform highlighting economic disaffection, immigration limitations, and an "America First" foreign policy featuring trade protectionism. Although jihadist attack risk remains, radicalized domestic groups and individuals pose a more imminent threat, with prevention efforts growing less effective. Protests, particularly around police-related violence and the Black Lives Matter movement, are increasing. National security drives foreign policy, with China, Iran and Russia featuring prominently.
A note on our risk ratings: IHS Markit derives country risk ratings for 206 countries, based on six separate ratings in each country: Political, economic, legal, tax, operational and security with 22 detailed sub-aggregate risks. These ratings allow you to quantify risk with greater specificity with a scoring system based on a 0.1-10 logarithmic scale. Seven risk bands, from low to extreme, allow you to compare and contrast risk between countries and regions.