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Economic Report

US helicopter money

The US federal government is considering sending ‘helicopter money’ to Americans as an attractive alternative to outright monetary financing. This can be effective in slowing down a sharp decline in consumer spending, although it will probably not be enough to bring the economy back on an upward growth path.

Economic Comment

De ECB kan helpen om begrotingsruimte te creëren (Dutch)

De ECB bezit inmiddels 20% van de publieke schuld van de EMU-landen. Door een deel van deze schuld weg te strepen kan de ECB helpen om begrotingsruimte te creëren. Het vergt goede afspraken, maar landen kunnen dan wel de financiële gevolgen van de coronacrisis opvangen.

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Japan: Decent economic growth in first half of 2019, central bank weighs options

Japan’s economic growth did not disappoint in the first two quarters of 2019. Domestic focus is on the BoJ meeting in September and the VAT hike in October. The external environment remains challenging because of slowing global activity and rising tensions with South Korea.

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Is India slipping back into bad habits?

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has increased its monetary tap to meet government funding needs. Although the magnitude is nowhere near bad practices around the globe, the option of debt monetization remains tempting, whereas the Indian government should implement reforms instead.

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United States: Return of the US debt ceiling

After being suspended for about a year, the debt limit returned on March 2. However, the Treasury Department will take extraordinary measures that could delay a federal government default to September or October.

Economic Comment

Japan: Economic recovery on the cards?

We expect the Japanese economy to recover moderately in the fourth quarter of 2018, and this will continue in the first quarter of 2019, but we do not foresee any surprises from the central bank in terms of policy changes. Inflation has not picked up yet, and risks remain tilted to the downside.

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The next US recession

The US yield curve is getting flatter, which means that long term rates are only slightly higher than short term rates. We expect the yield curve to invert in 2019, which means that long rates fall below short rates. This would signal a recession in 2020.

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China: economische groei koelt steeds verder af (Dutch)

Zoals verwacht zet de groeivertraging in China door. Als gevolg van zorgen over de afkoelende binnenlandse economie zijn beleidmakers weer begonnen met stimuleren. Vooralsnog is de directe impact van de handelsoorlog niet zichtbaar in Chinese handelscijfers, maar escalatie daarvan hangt als een zwaard van Damocles boven de economie.

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Swiss say Nein to Vollgeld

The idea underlying Vollgeld is that of full-reserve banking from the 1930’s. In today’s context its side-effects would likely lead to instability and a deflationary tendency. In the Swiss case, uncertainty would have prevailed in the short-term, followed by a further appreciating Swiss Franc.

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Japan: Abe’s election ‘gamble’ turned into victory

Abe and his LDP-Komeito coalition were victorious at yesterday’s lower house elections. The disappointing election result for the opposition side is not surprising when one takes into account the short amount of time for a structured election campaign.