RaboResearch - Economic Research

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Outlook 2016: Financial Markets

While there will be a devaluation of the Chinese renminbi, the dollar will also become stronger more generally in 2016, due in part to the Fed’s interest rate increases. The ECB is more likely to do the opposite, which will weaken the euro/dollar currency pair further still. Slightly higher capital market rates can be expected though.

Special Dutch version

Outlook 2016: Global Economy

Global growth holds up in 2016, but does not accelerate. With the US poised to hike interest rates, the rest of the world waits anxiously. Normalization of monetary policy poses economic risks, but so does keeping it too loose for too long.

Country Report

Zambia: headwinds due to low copper prices

Low copper prices and lower copper production have pulled the trade balance in negative territory and increased the budget deficit. This combined with a sharp depreciation of the kwacha has increased public debt.

Economic Quarterly Report

Wereldeconomie vertraagt, Nederlandse economie versnelt (Dutch)

Terwijl de groei van de wereldeconomie dit jaar vertraagt, zal de economische groei in ons land juist iets versnellen. Het Nederlandse BBP groeit dit jaar naar verwachting met 2¼% en deze groei zal in 2016 oplopen naar 2¾%. Onze export en de binnenlandse bestedingen zorgen ervoor dat de groei een brede basis heeft.

Special

Oil: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The recent plunge in oil prices will be a net plus for the global economy. The pain will be felt by major oil producers and for some this may cause serious problems. However, we still expect the global economy to gain more than the losers will lose.

Country Report

Country Report Zambia

Lower copper prices, excessive public spending and the death of President Stata have turned 2014 into a challenging year for Zambia, but small improvements bode well for the future.

Country Report

Country Report Mozambique

Mozambique’s economic growth remains strong, but increasing fiscal imbalances might become a challenge in the medium term. A ceasefire agreement between Renamo and Frelimo represents a significant improvement of domestic security and stability.

Country Report

Country Report Mauritius

Economic growth in Mauritius continues to be suppressed by subdued external demand from Europe. Meanwhile, flash floods in the beginning of 2013 and an increased wage bill have driven up government expenditure.

Country Report

Country Report Kenya

2013 was a crucial year for Kenya, as domestic political stability improved on the back of peaceful elections, which contributed to better economic prospects. Unfortunately, these improvements were offset by an increasing terrorist security threat.

Country Report

Country Report Tunisia

Two political assassinations threw Tunisia in a crisis and hurt economic growth in 2013. In 2014, the political and security environment improved, as a new technocratic government fostered progress on the transition to democracy.