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GDP (Q3 1st Estimate)

At 3.5% annualised, GDP growth remained unusually strong in the third quarter, thanks partly to this year’s fiscal stimulus, but there are signs that higher interest rates are beginning to have a bigger restraining effect. Once the boost from fiscal stimulus fades next year, we expect economic growth to slow below its potential rate, forcing the Fed to the side-lines by mid-2019.
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US Economics Weekly

Spender of last resort

With China’s economy hampered by its zero-covid lockdowns, and Europe’s economy suffering because of the massive surge in imported energy prices caused by the war in Ukraine, the American consumer has once-again emerged as the world’s spender of last resort.

20 May 2022

US Chart Book

Economy powering ahead

The strength of the hard activity data for April refutes the recent message from financial markets that the economy is at risk of imminent recession. The solid gain in control group retail sales, together with upward revisions to past months leaves the underlying trend in consumer spending looking much stronger. Meanwhile the continued rebound in manufacturing output, in particular the recovery in vehicle output to the pre-pandemic level, illustrates how the gradual easing of supply shortages is supporting a rebound in production. With signs that core inflation is still running far too hot, the continued strength of economic activity supports the Fed’s decision to press ahead with 50bp rate hikes at the next couple of FOMC meetings. Nevertheless, we still expect a drop back in inflation later this year, alongside signs of a slowdown in economic activity will prompt the FOMC to shift back to 25bp hikes by the fall.

18 May 2022

US Data Response

Industrial Production (Apr.)

The 0.8% rise in manufacturing output last month underlines that it is not just consumer spending powering the economy forward. While the survey evidence suggests global manufacturing demand is cooling, the gradual easing of input shortages over recent months is helping to keep output growth strong.

17 May 2022

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Japan Economics Weekly

Post-Olympics public spending boost, BoJ holding firm

Japan’s government appears to be lining up a stimulus programme to prevent an economic downturn after the Tokyo Olympics next year. While increased public spending would provide a welcome boost to GDP, we don’t believe there’s any particular reason to expect a post-Olympics slowdown. Meanwhile, the Bank of Japan is bucking the global trend towards additional monetary easing. Unlike some commentators, we don’t think that loosening by other major central banks puts the Bank of Japan’s policy framework under pressure.

21 June 2019

Emerging Markets Economics Chart Book

EM growth running at a three-year low

EM GDP growth slowed to just 3.3% y/y in Q1, its weakest pace since the first half of 2016, and our Tracker suggests that it remained sluggish in Q2. Growth should pick up a little in the second half of the year. Large commodity producers, such as Brazil, Russia and South Africa, are likely to find their feet again after a terrible performance in Q1. And Turkey and Argentina should recover from the downturns caused by last year’s currency crises. But growth will remain weak and, in most cases, our 2019 and 2020 GDP growth forecasts are below consensus.

21 June 2019

Emerging Asia Economics Weekly

Growth continues to weaken, rates to be cut further

After a very weak first quarter that saw GDP growth in many countries drop to a post-financial crisis low, the most recent data suggest growth across Emerging Asia has continued to slow. Weak growth is likely to prompt further interest rate cuts over the coming months across the region. Despite leaving rates unchanged on Thursday, we expect the central banks of the Philippines and Indonesia to loosen monetary policy at their next meetings.

21 June 2019
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