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United Kingdom – Bank of England to step up its pace of tightening slightly

  • Edition February 14, 2018

    The BoE unanimously decided to leave its monetary policy unchanged at its February meeting, but surprised markets with a hawkish stance. The BoE indicated that "monetary policy would need to be tightened somewhat earlier and by a somewhat greater extent over the forecast period" than anticipated in November. We now expect the next rate hike in May, while we maintain our forecast for one additional rate increase in November this year and one in August next year.

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United Kingdom – 2018-2019 Scenario: Outlook at Q4-2017

  • Edition 26 January 2018

    Brexit will be the dominant theme over the next few years. 2018 will be marked by the negotiations on a transition phase and on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, while negotiations on the free-trade agreement should begin in 2019. Our central scenario is based on the key assumption that a withdrawal agreement will be reached between the UK and the EU under the terms of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

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Germany – 2017-2018 scenario: Outlook at Q4-2017

  • Edition January 17, 2018

    Our scenario for the German activity is based on a solid growth of 2.6% in 2017 and 2018. It's mainly supported by a strong domestic demand driven by both private consumption and productive investment. However, the surge in net exports also seems to contribute more sustainably to this phase of expansion of the economic cycle.

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World – Macroeconomic Scenario for 2018-2019: Cruel Imagination...

  • Edition December 21, 2017

    Even as we anxiously scan the horizon for harbingers of a downturn, the cycle continues to amaze us with its quiet power and its general propagation. To identify some of the essential ingredients of the current cycle, we should look to the great financial crisis of 2008. The depth of the crisis explains why it is taking so long for the scars to heal and why the real imbalances have yet to manifest themselves, especially in the shape of inflation. The upward cycle is therefore likely to continue for a few quarters yet. Monetary policies, which are accommodative despite actual or planned tightening, are underpinning growth. The resorption of public imbalances is made easier by low interest rates, and we see no reason why they should rise suddenly.

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World - Macroeconomic Scenario for 2018-2019: Economic and financial forecasts

Spain – Political issues: Issues and consequences of the Catalan elections

  • Edition December 15, 2017

    Although likely to continue as the leading political Catalan political force, the separatists have not formed a united front for the forthcoming regional election of December 21st. A new separatist government with the support of Podemos seems the most probable outcome. However, if the division within the secessionism camp lower the probability of a renewed unilateral road map no longer seems to be on the agenda, those divisions mean that we cannot rule out the possibility of a new election.

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Eurozone – Outlook 2017-2018: Reconfiguration of expectations

  • Edition November 10, 2017

    Eurozone growth is strengthening and was moving along at an annual rate of over 2%. The Eurozone thus looks set for another year of above-potential growth driven by a favourable global environment. These positive surprises as regards growth could encourage economic agents to upgrade their prospects, having in recent years been used to their successive downward revisions. However, the euro's recent appreciation has brought some shadow on this perfectly justified optimism-tinted scenario.

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