The Financial Crisis: Five Years Later

2009 Global GDP's Negative Growth Rate


March 9, 2009: Ben Bernanke says the world is in “the worst financial crisis since the 1930s.”

The global economy has suffered shocks before from the oil crises in the 1970s to dot.com bust in 2000. The 2008-2009 financial crisis, however, caused a historic contraction in global GDP.


Deal is a contributing graphics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek.
McCann is a contributing graphics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek. Follow her on Twitter @atmccann.

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