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Economic Update

France’s 2019 budget to reduce size of government

French President Macron struggles with low approval ratings and decreasing economic confidence, despite a strong parliamentary mandate for reform and upward economic potential. The 2019 budget proposal reduces the size of government, modest improvements in public finances and stimulus for private demand.

Economic Report

Italy is testing the limits

On 27 September the Italian government presented its budget target for 2019. The worsened outlook has shocked markets and kept them busy since. The government will expectedly temper part of its plans if necessary to calm markets. That said, the risk that it will do too little too late cannot be neglected.

Economic Quarterly Report

Rente en valuta: onze munt, hun probleem (Dutch)

De Amerikaanse economie draait op volle toeren en dit geeft de Fed het vertrouwen om de rente verder te verhogen. De markt is bang dat de Fed te hard van stapel loopt, zeker nu de sterker wordende dollar voor problemen zorgt in opkomende markten.

Column

Veertig kwartalen later (Dutch)

Een terugblik biedt zicht op de omvang van het welvaartsverlies van de grote financiële crisis. De lessen van toen én regelmatige economische ramingen helpen om tekenen van een volgende crisis tijdig te herkennen.

Special Dutch version

Can fiscal policy fill the gap?

The ECB has little possibilities to stabilize the economy in case of a new recession. Therefore it is important that Eurozone countries have fiscal policy space to fill the gap. Unfortunately the Eurozone countries do not seem to have enough buffers.

Economic Report

Will the Italian government contract yield?

Since budget talks took off a few weeks ago, concerns over the sustainability of Italy’s public finances have risen. Italian government bonds yields are up and bank shares are down. Bond yield volatility is here to stay for the rest of the year.