European Economy

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Capital flight seizes Italy

Via FTAlphaville: Following a turbulent week a fortnight ago, markets have calmed and were further assuaged by new finance minister, Giovanni Tria, saying on Sunday that “we are not discussing any proposal to exit the euro. The government is determined to avoid the materialisation of market conditions that push us towards an exit in any way.” However

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Goodbye European boom

Via Damien Boey at Credit Suisse: Europe is slowing Recent European data have surprised materially to the downside. For example, German industrial production and retail sales likely shrunk by around 0.9-1% in 1Q, after growing very strongly in 2017. Also, sentiment indicators have fallen sharply off historically high levels. We are not surprised by these

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European growth has peaked

Here’s the chart to lead us off: That’s what a tearaway currency will do to you. Now other components of European boomlet are on the turn, via Westpac: With the benefit of hindsight, we believe that 2017 will be seen as this cycle’s peak year for Euro Area growth. Against the 2.5% year-average outcome for

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More on a dovish ECB

Via Westpac: ECB President Draghi and the Governing Council were both subtle and direct in March, both with respect to their own economy and evolving global conditions. Beginning first with the Euro Area, having repeatedly revised up their growth expectations, the Governing Council took their first official step towards tightening policy by dropping the reference 

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Why would anyone buy Europe?

Last night DXY copped it: AUD was strong against all DMs, in part owing to the North Korean thaw: It was mixed against EMs: Gold jumped: Brent was stable: Base metals firmed: Big miners lifted: EM stocks too: And junk: Treasuries sold: And bunds: Stocks firmed: It’s all about Europe today and none of it

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Assessing Italexit risk

The polls are not kind to Italian support for the EURO: However, Scope Ratings is sanguine: An important concern of many market participants is the euro exit debate in Italy, pushed by the platforms of euro-sceptic groups like M5S and Lega. According to a Eurobarometer poll released in November, only 34% of Italians said they

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ECB signalling an end to QE?

The European Central Bank (ECB) released their latest policy outlook last night and it set a fire under the Euro as the language within had gotten decidely more bullish. From Bloomberg: In the account of its December meeting, the Governing Council said there was a “widely shared” view among officials that communication would need to

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Australian dollar hit as immigration kills Merkel coalition

Via The Guardian: Exploratory talks to form Germany’s next coalition government were on the verge of collapse on Sunday night after the four parties involved missed their own deadline to resolve differences on migration and energy policy. Chancellor Angela Merkel has been trying to forge a coalition between her Christian Democratic Union (CDU), its Bavarian

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Eurozone chock full of slack

Via Westpac’s today Elliot Clarke: The second estimate for Euro Area GDP confirmed a 0.6% gain for the September quarter. Following March’s 0.6% and June’s 0.7%, that leaves annual growth materially above-trend at 2.5%yr. However, what got the market’s attention was not this headline result, but rather the acceleration in growth in Germany. There, annual

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Catalonia not so good

Via Deutsche: Why is the referendum illegal? The Spanish Constitution states that Spain cannot be broken up. The Article 2 in the preliminary part of the Constitution states: ” The Constitution is based on the indissoluble unity of the Spanish Nation, the common and indivisible homeland of all Spaniards”. The Spanish Constitutional Court suspended the

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Does Catalonia matter?

It had better not because it is leaving Spain: Catalonia will move on Monday to declare independence from Spain after holding a banned referendum, pushing the European Union nation toward a rupture that threatens the foundations of its young democracy. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont said he favored mediation to find a way out of the

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Germany rocked as ghosts of Nazism haunt Merkel

The German election has gone much as expected but is still shocking markets, via the BBC German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been re-elected for a fourth term while nationalists have made a historic breakthrough in federal elections, exit polls suggest. Support for her conservative CDU/CSU alliance has dwindled but the bloc will remain the largest

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Europe’s globalists tackle the immigration class war

A few months ago, French president Emmanuel Macron launched a new policy platform to protect France’s lowest paid from foreign competition: Emmanuel Macron warned Europe must accept the UK was crashing out of the bloc because of worries about foreign workers undercutting wages. The intervention is a striking departure from EU rhetoric since Britain’s Brexit vote a year

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A peak inside the Eurozone recovery

Via Macquarie: The business cycle in the Eurozone We forecast growth in the Eurozone to be 2.1% YoY this year, the highest since 2001. Lagging the US recovery by 3-4 years, we expect Eurozone growth to remain above trend. As with the US, as the rate of employment growth fades, so will consumption and overall

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Rise in isolationism caused by drop in education

by Chris Becker An interesting study on the motivations and causes behind the shock Brexit vote which suggests a lack of higher education. Not surprising given it was also lower education levels that were “crucial” to Trump winning the Presidency. Its much easier to appeal to emotion than logic, particularly when it comes to isolationism.

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Poor old Japan: Low unemployment, less crowded, cheaper housing

By Leith van Onselen For more than a decade, the Productivity Commission has debunked the common myth that immigration can overcome population ageing. For example: PC (2005): “Despite popular thinking to the contrary, immigration policy is also not a feasible countermeasure [to an ageing population]. It affects population numbers more than the age structure”. PC

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The French election market playbook

There are really four key scenarios that can occur in this Sundays (Monday morning for us Aussie’s) French election and they could really shape the performance of markets like EUR/USD (and EUR crosses), France 40 cash and more indirect markets such as the ASX 200, FTSE 100 cash and gold. Firstly, it’s important to understand

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Sudden euro risk as French election convulsed

The USD firmed last night: Commodity currencies were weak: Gold too: Brent was flogged: Base metals rebounded a bit: Big miners mostly didn’t: EM stocks were hit: High yield was OK: US bonds were flat: So were European spreads: And stocks faded: It’s bizarrely calm given what is suddenly at stake, via the FT: French

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Is Europe going to swing Left or Right this year?

As the de-globalisation movement gathers momentum, the basic assumption for all analysts should be that the political centre is dead. The “third way” as it was called, which drew in parties from Right and Left to a central consensus that pursued open borders economics is now political poison across the developed world as the losers

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European polls head for Heaven and Hell

Slowish action overnight with the US closed but one measure hit new wides. European bond spreads continue to blow out: French yields are now at their widest to German since 2012, the FT explains: The premium for 10-year French debt climbed to a fresh post-eurozone crisis high over equivalent German Bunds on Monday, reflecting investor

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French election thrown into chaos

While we’re all fixated on the deglobalisation fireworks of Donald Trump and Pauline Hanson, neither is the most pressing threat. That honour still lies in Europe where French elections are again entering chaos as the conservative candidate, Francois Fillon, implodes, via The Independent: French presidential hopeful and long-time front-runner François Fillon could be eliminated in