RaboResearch - Economic Research

Economic Comment

Nederland Triple A kwijt, effecten beperkt (Dutch)

Standard en Poors heeft vandaag als eerste van de grote drie kredietbeoordelaars de kredietbeoordeling van Nederland verlaagd van AAA naar AA+. Wij verwachten dat de reactie op de financiële markten zeer beperkt zal zijn.

Economic Update

Germany: Steady as she goes

Once again, the German economy posted a positive growth figure in the third quarter. The increase has been entirely domestic-driven. We expect domestic demand to remain strong given the solid labour market and the positive investment outlook.

Economic Comment

Werkloosheidscijfers verrassend positief (Dutch)

Het seizoensgecorrigeerde werkloosheidspercentage bleef in oktober voor de vierde maand op rij steken op 7%. De stabilisatie wordt voornamelijk veroorzaakt doordat de werkgelegenheid weer groeit.

Economic Update

France: Nombres rouges

The French economy slightly contracted in 13Q3, but this was largely due to a bounce back from the strong 13Q2 figure. We expect the recovery to continue, albeit very gradually. Therefore, we do not envisage a robust improvement in the labour market.

Country Report

Country Report Portugal

Portugal has made considerable progress regarding the implementation of structural reforms and safeguarding financial stability. However, the high short-term socioeconomic costs have increased political instability, which might weigh on support for further reforms.

Country Report

Country Report Spain

The short term pain of the macroeconomic rebalancing process is clearly weighing on the political support to continue with necessary reforms. Without a more vigorous cleanup of the banking sector, it will remain a large drag on the recovery going forward.

Country Report

Country Report Italy

Italy has to deal with a severe crisis and large public debt stock. Non-performing loans in the banking sector are on the rise, while government bond yields are vulnerable to political instability. Given large debt dynamics, Italy should improve its potential growth rate to ensure debt sustainability.

Dutch Housing Market Quarterly Dutch version

Housing market showing signs of a fragile recovery

As expected, the housing market is picking up slowly but surely. Some indicators are pointing to recovery, but it is still fragile. We expect an increase in sales in the fourth quarter of 2013, and stabilisation of prices in the course of 2014.

Economic Comment

Nederlandse economie groeit weer voorzichtig (Dutch)

De Nederlandse economie groeide in het derde kwartaal licht. Hiermee is een einde gekomen aan de recessie. Maar van een uitbundige groei zal door de lage binnenlandse bestedingen voorlopig nog geen sprake zijn.