RaboResearch - Economic Research


Is a US trade war imminent?

Trump’s protectionist steel decision increases the risk of a trade war. But a full scale trade war would hurt the US economy even more than China and the EU.

Economic Update

Italy: elections unlikely to hamper economic recovery

Italians are very upbeat and don’t seem to worry about the upcoming elections. The short-term economic outlook is quite rosy. We expect the next government won’t endanger the recovery, but at the same time won’t improve the weak long-term outlook either.

Special Dutch version

Italian elections: three scenario’s

The Italian elections on March 4 will likely yield a hung parliament. The reform outlook is weak and some fiscal slippage is likely. We believe the risk of an unexperienced nationalist government is limited, but the market might well be underpricing risks.

Economic Report

Catalan separatists tone down defiant stance

The risk of a new clash between Catalonia and Madrid in the coming weeks has dropped. Tensions will remain high in the coming years, but Catalonia will stay part of Spain. Notably, the political crisis has had limited impact on Spain’s economy.

Economic Report

Separatists will likely win Catalan elections

The separatists will likely win today’s elections in Catalonia, but they might lose their absolute majority. While a fresh push towards unilateral independence is unlikely, it could take many years before tensions actually recede.

Economic Report

The impact of the proposed corporate tax cut in the US

Simulations with a macro-econometric model show that a reduction in the US corporate tax rate will boost GDP growth in the short run, but the debt ratio in the long run. The cut will also lead to higher long-term interest rates and a stronger US dollar.