The panic in world financial markets has led to sharp falls in share prices and led to the contraction of credit markets. BBC News looks at how key indicators around the world have moved as recession fears grow.
FALLING GROWTH FORECASTS
Projections for economic growth have been getting more pessimistic as the true nature of the credit crunch becomes clear. The following are IMF growth forecasts since 2006:
RISING COMMODITY PRICES
GLOBAL BANK LOSSES
Banks and other financial institutions could lose $1 trillion from the credit crisis as mortgage-backed assets have lost most of their value.
Banks have already written off nearly $500bn worth of assets but the IMF points out that they have only been able to raise new capital to cover about two-thirds of those losses, so the likelihood is that they will have to restrict their lending further than they already have done in the last year
FROZEN CRIDIT MARKETS
COLLAPSING HOUSING MARKETS
Underlying the financial market wobbles is a real decline in US house prices nationwide for the first time since the 1930s.
JITTERY STOCK MARKETS
Stock markets around the world - from Shanghai to London - have plunged, while in the US the Dow Jones industrial average has made big losses this year.
Published by the BBC Website, 8th August 2008