RaboResearch - Economic Research

Special

Geldschepping, kan het beter? (Dutch)

Het meeste geld wordt niet door overheid of centrale bank in omloop gebracht, maar door commerciële banken. In deze Special wordt dit geldscheppingsproces meer in detail beschreven. Daarbij wordt stilgestaan bij geldgebruik, prijsstabiliteit, de rol van overheden bij het ontstaan van inflatie en de voor- en nadelen van het huidige stelsel van fractional reserve banking.

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.

Economic Comment

Tapering, a game-changer?

The start of tapering in January 2014 is not expected to significantly change our global economic outlook. Nevertheless, it might have negative consequences for the bond markets of vulnerable countries, both in the emerging world and the eurozone.

Economic Update

Conjunctuurbeelden: altijd up to date! (Dutch)

Conjunctuurbeelden zijn onze periodieke publicaties met de actuele conjuncturele ontwikkelingen in de beschreven (industrie-)landen. Daarbij kijken we ook naar onder meer het (economische) beleid van de desbetreffende overheden en het sentiment onder ondernemers.

Economic Update

Belgium: Good things come to those who wait

The economic recovery carries on as growth of domestic demand increases. Fiscal policy will be less distortive next year and inflation remains low. However, high unemployment and also wage moderation still limit private consumption growth.

Economic Update

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.

Economic Update

Italy: Arrivederci recessione?!

GDP growth stagnated in 13Q3. One cannot talk of a start of economic recovery yet, though. The contribution of domestic demand was negative and there are still significant headwinds. On a positive note, policy uncertainty might fall going forward.

Economic Report

Duits regeerakkoord: ‘Grote coalitie’ zonder grootse plannen (Dutch)

Zoals verwacht bevat het akkoord weinig grote plannen. Het binnenlands beleid wordt gedomineerd door een uitruil van de stokpaardjes van de coalitiepartners, terwijl het Europees beleid een voortzetting wordt van de voorgaande twee kabinetten Merkel.

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 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.

Economic Comment

Derde Plenum in China maakt verwachtingen niet waar (Dutch)

Er is tijdens het derde plenum brede politieke steun verkregen voor het doorzetten met de nodige hervormingen. Een einddoel is geformuleerd, maar het is helaas niet duidelijk geworden hoe China dat precies gaat bereiken.