RaboResearch - Economic Research

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Luxembourg: staying on top in a changing environment

Luxembourg continued to show robust growth in 2015. New fiscal and financial regulation is heading towards Luxembourg, challenging its financial sector-driven growth model.

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France: Growth returns but remains structurally weak

Economic activity is recovering after several years of near-zero growth. But the French economy still faces many structural challenges, including a relatively weak competitive position, high unemployment and weak public finances.

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Belgium: recovery at a snail's pace

The centre-right government has successfully implemented several policy measures to improve Belgian price competitiveness. High public debt, inflation and security issues are the most prominent downward risks for a stable economic recovery.

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Germany: stable economic growth with challenges ahead

The German economy performs well on the back of a competitive export sector and is rebalancing towards domestic demand, driven by a strong labour market. The recent surge in immigration poses a significant challenge for the German economy.

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Australia: an economy in transition

The Australian economy remains resilient. After the mining investment boom, the economy is now primarily driven by net exports and consumption. Meanwhile, the housing market softened due to tightened lending standards to housing investors.

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Mexico: growth holds up well despite austerity

Growth is holding up well despite the fallout from low oil prices and the resulting fiscal austerity, which strongly and negatively affects public investment but at the same time supports the credibility of the government’s economic policies.

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Singapore: slowing growth, but still top notch

Singapore’s economy faces multiple headwinds. But, strong institutions and effective policymaking support (potential) growth. Owing to the landslide victory of PAP in the September’s national elections strong policy continuity is preserved.

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New Zealand: continuing stress in dairy and housing sector

The economic growth outlook has worsened due to less favorable global outlook, which keeps key commodity prices low. The risk of a sharp correction of house prices in Auckland has induced the government to implement additional macro-prudential measures.

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Country report Mexico

Economic growth has slowed as a result of low oil prices and tax hikes, but going forward external demand and investment will support growth. Oil reform will further induce FDI but the security situation in some region remains challenging.

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Country Report Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s government is on the very verge of a default. Structural problems, economic shocks and weak public finances have yielded a decade of economic stagnation, outmigration, fiscal deficits and an unsustainable public debt.

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Country Report New Zealand

Economic growth is slowly decelerating in New Zealand due to prolonged low commodity prices. Low milk prices put a strain on the dairy sector. Meanwhile, the RBNZ in general softened its LTV restrictions, but tightened it for the Auckland area.

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Country Report Canada

Economic growth in Canada is expected to slow somewhat, as the oil price plunge will negatively impact investment but boost consumption somewhat. The housing market is Canada’s main domestic risk, as high house prices and high levels of debt make households vulnerable to a rate hike.