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Economics Team

Dominic White
Head of Economics
Ben Blanchard
Michael Hessel
Political Economist
Adam Wolfe
Emerging Market Economist

Economics Research

Economics Products: Economics Monthly, Economics Weekly, Newsflow Monitor, Logistics.

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Economics Weekly: ECB fiscal plea to be answered … eventually
17 Sep 2019
: Dominic White, Adam Wolfe, Michael Hessel, Ben Blanchard
•    Draghi’s emphasis on fiscal policy is at odds with 2020 budget forecasts
•    We think the eurozone will ultimately loosen fiscal policy as the economy weakens
•    This puts it in a better position than some other regions, notably the US
ASR/WSJ Composite Newsflow declines to 2012 levels
10 Sep 2019
: Richard Mylles, David Bowers, Michael Hessel

•   The ASR/WSJ Global Composite Newsflow Indicator (CNI) fell to 45.8 in August from 48.7 in July, its fourth consecutive monthly decline.

•   The biggest mover by far was the Global Economic component which fell to 19.4 from 32.3, a 12.9-point fall, the biggest since 2000!

Key Message: The Composite Newsflow Indicator is now comfortably below 50, the threshold associated with bonds outperforming equities. But the standout reading in August was an unusually large fall in the Global Economic Newsflow component. It last hit a similar level when the world was recovering from the GFC. Both globally and in most regions, Economic Newsflow is at levels typically associated with recessions (see page 4).

Economics Weekly: Introducing ASR’s Nowcasting Models
10 Sep 2019
: Dominic White, Adam Wolfe, Michael Hessel, Ben Blanchard

•   Our new ‘nowcasting’ models help track global growth developments in real time

•    They currently show global growth running at its weakest rate since 2009

•    The US has slowed sharply, eurozone growth has stabilised, and the UK is in recession

Economics Monthly: A dollar trap will tighten on emerging markets
3 Sep 2019
: Dominic White, Ben Blanchard, Adam Wolfe, Michael Hessel

• The dollar has an outsized influence on EM monetary policy

• This forces EM central banks into a dollar trap

• Tight dollar liquidity conditions will weigh further on EM growth

• China’s ability to reflate its economy is also constrained by the dollar trap

Economics Weekly: US recession is now our base case for 2020
28 Aug 2019
: Michael Hessel, Dominic White, Ben Blanchard, Adam Wolfe

• We now believe the US is likely to fall into recession next year

• A more aggressive policy response may arrive, but it will probably come too late

• We doubt the rest of the world will be able to shrug off a US recession

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