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July 7, 2020
Covid-19 is presenting the Euro area with arguably the greatest challenge since its foundation. The virus has pummeled economic activity across the bloc and laid bare the stark disparities between member states. In a bid to reboot the economy, the European Commission has proposed a EUR 750 billion recovery fund. To discuss the fund, and the outlook for the Euro area more broadly, we spoke to Simon Wells, HSBC’s chief European economist.
June 23, 2020
The South African economy is currently in a deep downturn, with Covid-19 compounding an already-weak underlying economic picture. To discuss in more detail the state of the economy, the key challenges facing the government and the economic outlook, we spoke to Annabel Bishop, chief economist at Investec.
June 18, 2020
The coronavirus has led to lockdowns around the world. In this article, we examine how lockdowns are affecting remittances to Central America and the Caribbean, and the outlook for remittances going forward.
May 27, 2020
Like the rest of the world, India is grappling with the indiscriminatory spread of Covid-19. Consequently, since 25 March, the government has imposed a strict national lockdown on India’s population of over 1.3 billion people. These measures, coupled with the global economic downturn, are putting severe strain on the economy, just as the clock ticks towards the first anniversary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second term in office on 30 May. To dig deeper, we interviewed Kunal Kumar Kundu, India economist at Société Générale.
May 21, 2020
We released our 2020 Analyst Forecast Awards, which recognize the most accurate forecasters for 2019 for the main macroeconomic indicators (GDP, Inflation, Interest Rate, Exchange Rate, Fiscal Balance, Current Account) across 89 countries and for 22 commodity prices. Below are some highlights for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Eurozone, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
May 19, 2020
The Great Lockdown provoked by the Covid-19 pandemic is taking a massive toll on global economic activity and causing huge uncertainty inside the realm of economic forecasting, particularly regarding the shape of the economic recovery.
February 20, 2020
Our panelists see palladium remaining star precious metal performer
February 18, 2020
In October, President Sebastian Piñera hailed Chile as an oasis of stability in Latin America. However, the civil unrest that engulfed the country later that month and the subsequent promise of a new constitution have cast doubts over Chile’s economic model, which has fostered almost three decades of stellar economic growth. With the institutional framework and market-friendly policies now called into question, the economy is heading into uncharted waters. To examine the country’s outlook in further depth, we spoke to Alejandro Fernandez, chief economist at Gemines.
February 6, 2020
On 1 January, the U.S. escalated tensions with Iran, by assassinating a top Iranian general, which sent oil prices and demand for safe-haven assets soaring. The latest escalation put the 2015 nuclear accord and the de-stabilization of the Middle East at further risk. This interview outlines the economic impact the U.S.-Iran dispute is having on the Iranian economy.
January 27, 2020
With GDP and exports soaring, poverty plummeting, and growth prospects for the years ahead rosy, Vietnam is without doubt Asia’s rising star. In this article, we take a closer look at the country’s recent economic history, and what is in store over the coming years.
Brazil: Real loses some of its earlier gains in July https://t.co/Rv1JHeKMTE
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China: Bank lending jumps in June https://t.co/fEOO4vKVZY
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France: Industrial output records best result on record in May https://t.co/8Av5lfJHbZ
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Peru: Central Bank maintains policy rate at record low in July https://t.co/W6S8Lwum3V
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Italy: Industrial production rebounds sharply in May https://t.co/u77iweF1q2
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