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Trump May Kill the Global Recovery

Posted by hkarner - 20. Juli 2018

Nouriel Roubini, a professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business and CEO of Roubini Macro Associates, was Senior Economist for International Affairs in the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton Administration. He has worked for the International Monetary Fund, the US Federal Reserve, and the World Bank.

In a sharp departure from this time last year, the global economy is now being buffeted by growing concerns over US President Donald Trump’s trade war, fragile emerging markets, a slowdown in Europe, and other risks. It is safe to say that the period of low volatility and synchronized global growth is behind us.

NEW YORK – How does the current global economic outlook compare to that of a year ago? In 2017, the world economy was undergoing a synchronized expansion, with growth accelerating in both advanced economies and emerging markets. Moreover, despite stronger growth, inflation was tame – if not falling – even in economies like the United States, where goods and labor markets were tightening.

Stronger growth with inflation still below target allowed unconventional monetary policies either to remain in full force, as in the eurozone and Japan, or to be rolled back very gradually, as in the US. The combination of strong growth, low inflation, and easy money implied that market volatility was low. And with the yields on government bonds also very low, investors’ animal spirits were running high, boosting the price of many risky assets. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Why Economic Recovery Won’t Defeat Populism

Posted by hkarner - 25. Januar 2018

Andrés Velasco, a former presidential candidate and finance minister of Chile, is the author of numerous books and papers on international economics and development. He has served on the faculty at Harvard, Columbia, and New York Universities.

During the last few years, a lively debate has taken place between advocates of economic and political/social explanations of populism. The issue is far from settled, but even if the economic explanation is right, it does not follow that the current global recovery will make much of a political difference.
SANTIAGO – Markets, like the pundits meeting in Davos this week, are hopeful: the world economy is well on its way toward a balanced and perhaps sustained recovery. With the economy on the mend, will politics follow suit?

For people who view the surge in populism around the world as an aftershock of the global financial crisis, the answer is yes. As unemployment falls and middle-class incomes begin growing, the populist temptation will wither, or so they hope.

If only it were that simple. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Europe’s Doom Loop in Reverse

Posted by hkarner - 16. Januar 2018

Unlike before the 2011-2012 crisis, the eurozone seems to be locked in a benign credit cycle, in which lower risk premia allow both banks and governments to refinance at lower rates, more credit is available for the real economy, and the resulting recovery increases government revenue. But how long can this cycle persist?

BRUSSELS – During the 2011-2012 euro crisis, the currency area became mired in a “doom loop,” in which weak banks in financially distressed countries rationed credit, causing a recession that intensified pressure on government finances, which were already burdened by the need to cover banks’ losses. But such self-reinforcing spirals can also operate in the opposite direction. Understanding these dynamics may be the key to determining the eurozone’s relative strength today.

In a doom loop, the expectations of default drive up risk premia until the economy reaches the brink of collapse, even if the underlying problems could be managed over time. At a certain point, when the gulf between financial-market pessimism and economic reality becomes too large, the market becomes ready for a reversal. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Betting On A Greek Recovery?

Posted by hkarner - 14. Dezember 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, Observing Greece

Having just finished our regular 3-month autumn stay in Greece, it’s a good time to reflect on the impressions I could gather and what may be in store for Greece until we return there next spring. Obviously, the all-important questions are: Has Greece really turned the corner (economically, that is)? Are we perhaps witnessing the beginning of an accelerated turn-around? In short: has the time come to bet on a Greek recovery?

There have been different views in recent months. Some, like the reputable American investor Kyle Bass, predicted that „investors are getting ready to pour billions back into the Greek economy„. Others considered talk about Greek economic recovery as „fake news in action„. Today, it was Bloomberg who headlined an article „Betting on the Greek Recovery.

What stands out is that all commentators focus on the macro-side of things: Will Greece successfully exit the program? Will Greece be able to return to markets? Will yields on Greek bonds decline further? Are bank shares rising? Do banks report profits? Etc. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Record Earnings Boost Confidence in Global Markets Rally

Posted by hkarner - 6. Dezember 2017

Date: 05-12-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Earnings per share hit new high, underscoring broad economic recovery

Listed companies are at their most profitable on record after a bumper year of earnings growth across global equity markets.

The earnings-per-share of a FactSet index of over 20,000 listed companies from around the world has now reached an average of $9.69, increasing nearly 19% in the last year.

That is the fastest year-over-year rise since 2011, surpassing the late-2014 high of $9.55. While the FactSet data only stretch back to 2001, increased earnings in emerging markets like China, among other factors, mean that the per-share level has likely never been higher. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Eurozone’s Challenge: Don’t Waste the Recovery

Posted by hkarner - 17. Oktober 2017

Date: 16-10-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Simon Nixon

The bloc’s robust recovery is an opportunity to strengthen its resilience to future shocks—but will governments grasp it?

French President Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have different priorities when it comes to reforming the eurozone’s architecture.

The International Monetary Fund had a clear message for economic policy makers gathered in Washington for its annual meetings last week: don’t waste a recovery. The global economy is enjoying a robust upswing, so governments should fix the roof while the sun is shining.

It was a message directed particularly at the eurozone. The strength of the currency bloc’s recovery has taken almost everyone by surprise, not least the IMF, which upgraded its forecast for eurozone growth in 2018 by 0.2 percentage point to 2.1% compared with its July forecast, putting it on a par with the U.S. This recovery is both broad-based, spanning all countries and sectors, and well-balanced—with household spending, exports and investment all playing their part. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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What’s Really Behind the Eurozone’s Economic Turnaround

Posted by hkarner - 15. August 2017

Date: 14-08-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Simon Nixon

Many economists may have underestimated the role of improvements to the supply side of the eurozone economy

It is now four years since the start of the remarkable Spanish economic recovery. Yet at the time, few saw it coming. Back in July 2013, the International Monetary Fund forecast that it would take until 2018 for Spanish economic growth to barely scrape above 1% while unemployment would remain above 25% for five years.

In fact, the Spanish turnaround had already begun: Growth exceeded 1% in 2014 and has been above 3% ever since. In that time, Spain has created more than two million jobs, bringing the unemployment rate down from a peak of 26.2% to an eight-year low of 17.2% today. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Recovery is Not Resolution

Posted by hkarner - 2. August 2017

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Explaining Global Recovery Amid Political Recession

Posted by hkarner - 2. August 2017

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Europe’s Rocky Recovery

Posted by hkarner - 29. Juli 2017

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