Larry Summers Expects US to Grow at Faster Pace

Former Clinton Treasury Secretary Larry Summers said Wednesday he expects the U.S. economy to expand at a quicker pace than in the first quarter, but there are still hurdles.

Summers, also a former Obama administration economic advisor, predicted growth in the low to mid 2 percent range for 2015. “That’s not inspiring performance,” he said, “but that’s hardly reversion to recession.”

“We still have a serious challenge of getting escape velocity and re-achieving rapid growth,” he said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

“That, along with inequality, has to be a central issue for us going forward.”

The struggles in the economy can’t be blamed on the tough lending environment, Summers said.

“There’s a problem for middle-class families looking to buy houses. The credit standards which were much too easy … swung too far, and they’re probably too difficult right now,” he said.

Important factors for U.S. growth, he asserted, are what’s happening in the global economy and the impact of the stronger dollar on U.S. multinational corporations feeling the pinch competing overseas.

Summers reiterated his call for increased infrastructure investment to help boost the U.S. economy and jobs. “This is a moment of epically low capital costs [and] a moment of epically low employment so there’s lots of opportunity to find people to do the work.”

“The right kind of business tax reform would [also] make a positive contribution,” he added.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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