The four biggest euro area economies slowed in H1 2018 due to a number of factors, including weak exports. We expect a rebound in H2—except in Italy, where political uncertainty has been denting business confidence. Forward indicators show that Italy is the only of the four major euro area economies to face weaknesses both in […]
The Trump administration has announced new tariffs on USD200 billion of Chinese imports, initially at a rate of 10%, rising to 25% in January. This new wave of tariffs comes on top of the USD50 billion taxed over the summer at a rate of 25%. Trump has also threatened to impose levies on all remaining […]
Latest data releases from China broadly point to stabilisation in activity in August after a notable deceleration in the previous months. Industrial production, retail sales and fixed-asset investment all rebounded slightly last month. While the data releases seem to show some signs of stabilisation, we think growth momentum could remain soft in the near term […]
September 15 marked the 10th anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Since Lehman’s collapse has come to symbolise a massive financial crisis whose consequences continue to be felt, it is natural for this anniversary to be the occasion for speculation on when and where the next large-scale crisis might occur. Emerging […]
This week euro area employment data confirmed that labour market recovery remains on track. Employment grew at 0.4% q-o-q in Q2 2018, marking the 20th consecutive quarter of expansion. Employment is now 2.4% above its pre-crisis (2008) level. Since Q2 2013, 9.2 million jobs have been created in the euro area. One development of note […]
Core CPI inflation was relatively modest in August, rising only 0.08% month on month, while the year-over-year (y-o-y) rate slowed to 2.2% from 2.4% in July. Core inflation was up only 0.08% m-o-m, and the y-o-y reading slowed to 2.2% from 2.4% in July. This means that for all its recent strength of the economy […]
The ECB made no change to its monetary stance and policy guidance at its 13 September meeting. The end of quantitative easing (QE) was confirmed for after December, following a final reduction in the pace of net asset purchases to EUR15bn per month in Q4 2018. Much of the focus was on the updated ECB […]
There have been few changes in our emerging market (EM) currencies scorecard over the past month. Currently, it suggests that no EM currency at present is particularly attractive on a 12-month horizon. August was a particularly harsh month for EM currencies, with the Argentinian peso and the Turkish lira both dropping 25% against the US […]
Regarding US trade, there are two key recent pieces of news and one major source of uncertainty. The first is the bilateral trade deficit with China, which rose to a new high: USD 393 billion in the twelve months to July, with imports of USD 529 billion, according to US customs data. The second is […]
The second estimate of the Japanese Q2 GDP coming in at 3.0% quarter-over-quarter annualised in Q2, a significant upward revision from the first estimate of 1.9%. This is Japan’s highest growth rate in nine quarters. The biggest revision was in corporate capital expenditure, which rose by 12.8% year over year (y-o-y) in Q2, according to […]
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