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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 Comment

Was nun, Mutti? II: Merkel fights for her political future

The breaking down of ‘Jamaica’-coalition talks last night brings unprecedented political uncertainty to Germany. Political initiative and control is moving away from Merkel towards the President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who can ultimately trigger new elections.

Economic Comment

India: what is the economic impact of the new stimulus package?

The announced stimulus package in October will support the ailing banking sector, but we expect limited additional effects on economic growth of India (of 0.2ppts in fiscal year 2018/2019). Moreover, it is a missed opportunity that the package does not contain measures to foster total factor productivity growth.

Economic Report

Latin America: FX outlook - Carry on, and on

Latin American currencies have outperformed USD this year with carry providing a notable boost. MXN was a notable outperformer. Performance will be good if volatility remains low. A surge in risk aversion could lead to rapid carry trade unwinds.

Economic Report

Latin America: the times, they are changing

Anti-establishment sentiment is growing in Latin America, just like elsewhere on the back of a growing and increasingly vocal middle class. Latin America continues to shift away from populism and policy is becoming more constructive.