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Economic Update

Impact of tapering on emerging markets

In this Economic Update we take a closer look at the impact of the gradual slowing down of the rate of asset purchases by the US Federal Reserve (Fed) on the emerging markets.

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Russia: Economic slowdown continues

Russia’s economic activity has continued to slow in 13Q3 and we expect growth in 2013 as a whole to be around 1.5%. The economic slowdown is starting to adversely impact public finances. The central bank has left rates on hold for now, despite falling inflation.

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Brazil: Economy contracts in third quarter 2013

The third quarter was disappointing for Brazil, as GDP contracted for the first time since 2009 on a quarterly basis. Growth in the coming quarters is likely to be somewhat stronger, but leading indicators suggest that momentum remains rather weak.

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Conjunctuurbeelden eurozone (Dutch)

De groeicijfers van het tweede kwartaal van 2013 laten een gemengd beeld zien. Zo presteerde de Duitse economie goed, maar bleven Spanje en Italië in recessie. Onze Conjunctuurbeelden in één overzicht.

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Brazil: Growth accelerates, but new slowdown likely

Brazil’s economy grew surprisingly fast in 13Q2. In particular, the strong investment growth realised is highly welcome. However, we expect growth to slow down in the second part of 2013.

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India: Battered but not beaten

Tapering talk has sent the Indian rupee to record lows, but India is not a blameless victim. It struggles with fundamental issues constraining economic growth, large twin deficits and declining investor confidence on the back of inadequate reforms.

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Emerging markets – US tapering has a big impact

US tapering is leading to portfolio outflows in emerging markets, especially in countries that are running both a current account and budget balance deficit.

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Economic Update Emerging Markets

If being disappointed is worse than being angry, the World is in a terrible place. However, one can read two things into disappointment either: the performance is really bad, or the expectations were too high.

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Economic Update Emerging Markets

Economic growth is slowing down in Emerging Markets. In China, GDP growth slowed to 7.7% yoy in 1Q13, while Brazil's industrial production figures for February were disappointing. However, growth is still expected to be slightly higher than in 2012.

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Economic Update Emerging Markets

The news from Emerging Markets is not that bad. South (East) Asia's latest IP data were rather good. Growth in Brazil disappointed in 2012, but a recovery has started. Meanwhile, the policy rate in Mexico and Poland fell to a record low level.

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Economic Update Emerging Markets

The picture in emerging markets is one of moving forward, but not knowing at what pace or how many bumps there are in the road. We maintain the view that 2013 should be slightly better than 2012, but downside risks remain.

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Economic Update Emerging Markets

In some emerging markets, economic growth has started to pick up in the fourth quarter of last year, but not in all. This year should be a better year than 2012, but growth will remain relatively weak and below the long-term trend.

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Economic Update Emerging Markets

In 3Q12, economic growth slowed in many emerging markets, including China, Mexico and Poland. This triggered the IMF and others to revise their estimates downward. For China, the end of the slowdown seems in sight, but this is not the case for India.

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Economic Update Emerging Markets

Several emerging markets continue to experience a slowdown in growth. Growth in 12Q2 went down in both Russia and Turkey, while growth in China is likely to slow down further in Q3 as well. Meanwhile, industrial production in Mexico remained strong.