RaboResearch - Economisch Onderzoek

Themabericht

The inflation genie must not leave the bottle (Engelstalig)

There is an on-going debate in the UK regarding the merits of nominal GDP targeting. Of course, ‘out-of-the box’ thinking is welcome but the risk of switching to a new policy framework is high because it can destabilise inflation expectations.

Economisch commentaar

Eurozone’s growth disappoints in 12Q4

The eurozone GDP contracted by 0.6% q-o-q in the final quarter of 2012. Sentiment indicators suggest the economy will fare better in 13Q1, but we do not expect growth to pick up strongly in 2013 amid severe economic headwinds.

Landenrapport

Country Report Hungary (Engelstalig)

Hungary’s economy fell back into recession last year and growth is expected to remain negative in 2013. Its government managed to keep the budget deficit below 3% of GDP, but very high foreign currency-denominated debt remains a major source of risk.

Landenrapport

Country Report Romania (Engelstalig)

Romania’s recovery from the crisis in 2009-2010, when GDP fell by 6.5%, has yet to gain pace. We expect the economy to have grown by a meager 0.2% in 2012. The slow growth is largely caused by the ongoing crisis in the eurozone and slow demand.

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Country Report Rwanda (Engelstalig)

Rwanda’s is in trouble. Due to the UN’s claims of involvement in the violence in DR Congo, several donors withdrew their support. This hits Rwanda hard, as donor income accounts for a large part of foreign exchange and fiscal income.

Landenrapport

Country Report Uruguay (Engelstalig)

Economic growth in Uruguay eased somewhat in 2012, but nevertheless remained decent. The government has tried to fight high inflation through a price freeze, while the overall policy framework remained friendly.

Landenrapport

Country Report Lebanon (Engelstalig)

The largest country risks in Lebanon lie in the political sphere, as conflicts between the government and opposition are fierce. The economic outlook is bleak as the regional unrest, particularly in Syria, will weigh on economic activity.

Landenrapport

Country Report Dominican Republic (Engelstalig)

Economic growth cooled markedly in the Dominican Republic, while strong pre-election spending led to a deterioration of public finances. The balance-of-payments position remains weak and could deteriorate further if PetroCaribe support were to end.

Economisch commentaar

Thou shalt not beggar-thy-neighbour (Engelstalig)

The G7 statement released today was aimed at addressing concerns over a fresh round of global currency wars. It is vital that the world leaders denounce beggar-thy-neighbour policies at the upcoming G20 meeting in Moscow as well.

Landenrapport

Country Report Malaysia (Engelstalig)

Driven by strong domestic demand, real GDP is estimated to have grown by 5.2% in 2012, but weak external demand may lead to a growth slowdown this year. In mid-2013, general elections will be held that will likely be won by the current government.

Kwartaalbericht Woningmarkt Engelstalige versie

Kwartaalbericht Woningmarkt februari 2013

De Nederlandse woningmarkt zal de eerste maanden van dit jaar nog geen herstel laten zien. De weinig rooskleurige economische vooruitzichten, dalende koopkracht en oplopende werkloosheid zorgen ervoor dat de prijzen in 2013 onder druk blijven staan.

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Vervelen

De arbeid bevrijdt ons van drie grote rampen: de verveling, de ondeugd en de armoede.”. Beleidsmakers over de hele wereld hebben deze woorden van Voltaire goed in de oren geknoopt en brood en spelen vervangen door werk.

Themabericht

Turkey: ready to compete? (Engelstalig)

The competitiveness of the Turkish economy is obstructed by a high minimum wage, stringent labor laws and a flawed education system. Improvements are needed to allow Turkey to compete abroad and fully benefit from a young and growing labour market.