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Economic Comment

The Bank of England unleashes QE2.1

The Bank of England extended QE2, in line with our expectation. This may mark the end of the Bank’s easing cycle unless the economy weakens substantially going forward.

Economic Update

Economic Update Germany

Many instantly concluded that Germany’s annual GDP growth in 2011 (3%) implies economic contraction in 11Q4. In our view, such straightforward derivations are unwarranted. That said, the likelihood of GDP contraction in 11Q4 increased markedly.

Economic Update

Economic Update Italy

The Italian economy fell back into recession in11Q3. The pace of decline probably accelerated in the fourth quarter and we expect a further contraction in 12Q1. The announced austerity measures will hold back growth in 2012 as a whole.

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Stemmingswisselingen (column Kennismail) (Dutch)

Ik stond bekend als optimist. Ik heb vaak uitgelegd waarom het allemaal wel meeviel in Ierland, Portugal, Spanje en Italië. Maar nu de Europese schuldencrisis wat aan kracht lijkt te hebben verloren, komt mijn pessimistische kant naar boven.