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Economic Comment

Curaçao and Sint Maarten: Frozen credit

Faced with an unsustainable current account deficit and declining international reserves, the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten introduced a six month freeze on private credit extension, but more needs to be done.

Economic Comment

Egypt: a case of bad timing (Macro Comment)

A clash between the ruling military council and the Muslim Brotherhood, last weekend, threatens Egypt’s fragile economic and political stability, as it could delay a much-needed IMF deal.

Economic Comment

Irish economy still struggling to recover

After an impressive start, the Irish economy fell back into recession in the second half of 2011. With domestic demand expected to fall further and export growth held back by sluggish growth, the economy is expected to show a modest recovery in 2012.

Economic Comment

UK Budget: another missed opportunity

The Chancellor decided to stick to his guns. This is unfortunate given the weak economic outlook. The private sector is itself busy cleaning its balance sheet and the external environment remains challenging.

Economic Comment

India’s budget wins little applause

The budget for India’s fiscal year 2012/13 aims to reduce the fiscal deficit to 5.1% of GDP from 5.9% of GDP this year. With a rise in tax revenue and a more realistic growth assumption, next year’s budget seems more in reach than this year.

Economic Comment

Turkey: keeping heads cool helps

While Turkey’s industrial production growth is slowing, both inflation and the current account deficit remain elevated, suggesting that the central bank must not ease policy just yet.

Economic Comment

Vietnam: Stay on course (Macro Comment)

After experiencing somewhat of an economic rollercoaster ride in 2011, inflation in Vietnam is finally easing. Nonetheless, Vietnam’s economic situation remains vulnerable and the government should make sure it stays on course.

Economic Update

Economic Update France

The sound performance in recent quarters reflects the stability of the French economy. In the eurozone, France functions as a bastion of moderate economic growth. That said, harsh austerity measures will weigh on domestic demand in the coming years.

Economic Update

Economic Update Emerging Markets

The emerging markets are almost all losing their growth momentum. Even China, which has been the light at the end of the tunnel for a couple of years, is now reducing its growth target to below 8%.

Economic Update

Economic Update Spain

The Spanish economy contracted by 0.3% q-o-q in the last quarter of 2011. We expect a further contraction in the first quarter of the current year. Government spending cuts and tax hikes will have a negative impact on domestic demand this year.

Economic Update

Economic Update United Kingdom

The UK GDP contracted by 0.2% q-o-q in 11Q4. On a positive note, household spending finally grew after 4 quarters of contraction. Going forward, falling inflation may result in stronger consumer spending.

Economic Update

Conjunctuurbeeld Frankrijk (Dutch)

De solide prestaties in de afgelopen kwartalen weerspiegelen de stabiliteit van de Franse economie. In de eurozone fungeert Frankrijk als een bastion van gematigde economische groei.

Economic Update

Conjunctuurbeeld Spanje (Dutch)

De Spaanse economie kromp in het laatste kwartaal van 2011 0,3% k-o-k. Ook voor het eerste kwartaal van dit jaar verwachten wij krimp. Bezuinigingen en lastenverzwaringen zullen dit jaar een wissel trekken op de binnenlandse bestedingen.

Economic Update

Conjunctuurbeeld Verenigd Koninkrijk (Dutch)

Het BBP daalde met 0,2% k-o-k in 11K4. Goed nieuws kwam van de particuliere consumptie, die na vier kwartalen krimp op rij eindelijk weer eens steeg. Op termijn kan een dalende inflatie de druk op de reëel inkomens doen afnemen.

Economic Comment

Pace of austerity and fiscal fundamentals

The fear of a rating downgrade or losing market access has caused many advanced countries to embark on a very aggressive fiscal consolidation plan. This can potentially be harmful for output and employment growth.