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COVID-19 Economic Dashboard

Hard economic data usually comes available at quite some lag. To gauge the economic impact of COVID-19 we look at more timely economic indicators that are readily available. Data on traffic jams, international flights, and restaurant bookings are released sooner and more frequently. This helps us to better monitor the economic situation during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Asia: Emerging Market Vulnerability Heatmap

Developing economies are more vulnerable to new virus strains due to lower vaccination coverage, slower pace of vaccination and the nature of their vaccines. Global economic recovery and rising interest rates by major central banks increase pressure on domestic policymakers and country balance sheets.

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Australia: Weighing the Work

On the one hand, we expect high labour demand and labour market scarcity to increase the likelihood of wage growth. On the other hand, this upside potential is being eroded by an increased supply of labour from overseas, international competition, and structural shifts. As such, we believe it will take some time before “significant” wage growth will occur.

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Biden opts for continuity at the Fed: Powell nominated for second term

Biden’s nominatie van Powell voor een tweede termijn als Fed-voorzitter zou gunstig moeten zijn voor de onafhankelijkheid van de Fed van partijpolitiek. Echter, het is een nederlaag voor de linkervleugel van de Democratische partij die een voorkeur zou hebben voor een kandidaat die de impact van monetair beleid op vermogensongelijkheid terugdraait.

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United States infrastructure: Impact on economy and elections

Although the bipartisan infrastructure package is long overdue given the state of the infrastructure of the United States, it will hit the economy at a time of full employment and after a couple of years of high inflation. This means that the bang for the buck will be substantially eroded.