RaboResearch - Economic Research

Economic Comment

India: Extended lockdown causes further economic distress

Due to the extended lockdown until 3 May, we have revised our economic outlook and expect the Indian economy to contract by 8.7% in Q2 and the fiscal year 2020/21 to arrive at 1.2%. We also expect the RBI to cut policy rates by another 90 basis points in June, and it might initiate a cap on the reverse repo window or even adopt debt monetization.

Economic Comment

Japan: A deep recession

We expect Japan to fall in a deep recession this year with the economy shrinking by 5%. This is due to looming lockdowns in, amongst others, Tokyo and Osaka and because Japan’s exports will sink as global demand dries up.

Economic Comment

A second blow for the German economy

Germany’s economy was stagnating and the coronacrisis deals a second blow. Indicators suggest that German corporates are better equipped to absorb the shock than just before the GCF. Moreover, the government is well equipped to handle the crisis.

Economic Comment

India: COVID-19 impact revisited

We expect a sharp decline of the Indian economy in the second quarter of 2020 of -5.7% (y-o-y) due to the three-week lockdown and adverse trade effects. For calendar 2020 as a whole, we now expect growth at around 1.3% and for 2021 we expect a sharp rebound of 7.6%.

Economic Comment

De ECB kan helpen om begrotingsruimte te creëren (Dutch)

De ECB bezit inmiddels 20% van de publieke schuld van de EMU-landen. Door een deel van deze schuld weg te strepen kan de ECB helpen om begrotingsruimte te creëren. Het vergt goede afspraken, maar landen kunnen dan wel de financiële gevolgen van de coronacrisis opvangen.