RaboResearch - Economic Research

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Asset bubbles, financial crises and the role of human behaviour

Every time we witness a collapse in asset prices or a financial crisis, we seemoverwhelmed. Even the most experienced investors, economic forecasters and regulators are caught off-guard. But if we look closer at the historical data for the past two centuries, we see dat asset bubles and financial crises are nothing new to mankind.

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A new global financial infrastructure

Since the collapse of the Bretton Woods exchange rate system in 1971, the world’s monetary system has been based on a so-called ‘paper standard’. In this system, the US dollar plays the role of global currency anchor.

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Country Report Paraguay

Paraguay has posted a very high economic growth rate in 2010, thanks to rapid growth of exports of soybeans and meat. However, the economic structure of the country remains weak, in particular through the strong dependence on agricultural export products.

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Country Report Romania

The fragile political stability is currently the main weakness of Romania. Although the cabinet survived three votes of no-confidence last year, dissatisfaction also within the coalition over the harsh austerity measures is rising.

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Country Report Bulgaria

Economic recovery in Bulgaria was weak in 2010 (-0.1%), largely because domestic demand and investment were suppressed by higher unemployment and still tight credit conditions. For 2011 and 2012, a slow recovery is expected to around 2.5% and 3.5%, respectively.

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Country Report Azerbaijan

After Azerbaijan managed to post strong growth in 2009, slow growth in oil and gas output will constrain GDP growth to between 3 and 4 percent in the coming years.