RaboResearch - Economic Research

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The GCC: going cold turkey on oil?

The oil-rich Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries suffer from the oil price slump while diversification will prove difficult. In the short-run, the necessary budgetary consolidation Oman, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia will weigh on political risk.

Economic Quarterly Report Dutch version

China: when will the hangover of the debt binge set in?

Macro economically, China is in calmer water now but medium term risks have been on the rise, at the same time. Debt keeps piling, especially for state owned enterprises, which boast ever lower profits. As a result the asset quality of loans, and consequently financial stability, are coming under pressure.

Country Report

Switzerland: quick economic rebound after massive appreciation 2015

The Swiss export sector was affected by a sharp appreciation of the Swiss Franc (CHF) following the Swiss central bank’s (SNB) decision to scrap the currency ceiling early 2015. However, economic growth held up and we expect a rebound of economic growth and exports this year.

Economic Report Dutch version

Why the Trump phenomenon is here to stay

The success of anti-establishmentcandidate statistically explained by stagnant median wages and declining manufacturing employment. When these trends persist, Trump and his successors are here to stay.

Country Report

Ireland: The Celtic Tiger is back

Ireland posted very strong growth of 7.8% last year which supports deleveraging and house prices but asset quality of banks remains poor and could hurt banks and the government in the future. As possibly worst affected, Ireland is closely following the Brexit debate.

Economic Report

Asia-Pacific: many risks but no new Asian crisis in the making

A balance of payments crisis is unlikely in today’s Asia. Most countries have improved their current accounts and FX reserves. The rising debt load may however pose problems, although it nowadays is mainly local currency denominated.