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11. April 2019
Soft and hard EU(ro)sceptic as well as anti-establishment parties could account for one-quarter up to one-third of the seats in the next EP, according to our updated poll-based projections. We have doubts about whether Eurosceptic and nationalistic groups in the EP will be able to overcome their previous discrepancies and build a significantly more united bloc. However, even without a joint agenda, Eurosceptics could make coalition building (as on the national level) much more complex and increasingly split the next EP into two camps. [mehr]
9. April 2019
If you think of Germany in the night (and you are an economist) three questions will jolt you from your sleep. Will external demand recover? Will the auto industry overcome its WLTP-induced supply shock and (if you are a Keynesian economist) will the government launch a fiscal package? The answers, of course, are not independent of each other. (Included in this issue: German exports 2019, world trade, the automotive industry's performance, public finances and the view from Berlin) [mehr]
8. April 2019
Denkt man an Deutschland in der Nacht (und ist man ein Volkswirt), dann bringen einen wohl die folgenden drei Fragen um den Schlaf: Wird sich die Exportnachfrage beleben? Wann wird die Automobilindustrie ihren WLTP-Schock ausgestanden haben (und falls man ein keynesianischer Volkswirt ist), wird die Regierung sich irgendwann zu einem Fiskalpaket durchringen? Natürlich sind die Antworten auf die drei Fragen nicht voneinander unabhängig. (In dieser Ausgabe: Deutsches Exportwachstum, Welthandel, Update Automobilindustrie, Staatsfinanzen, EZB.) [mehr]
4. April 2019
April 1 marked an important milestone for China’s financial markets, as Chinese Yuan-denominated bonds are to be included in the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index. According to Bloomberg, the index will include over 360 eligible bonds, with a c.6% weight, making it the fourth-largest currency component in the index, after the USD, the EUR and the JPY, and the inclusion will take place over a 20-month period. [mehr]
3. April 2019
At the recent meeting of the Governing Council on 7 March 2019, the ECB decided to maintain an extremely expansionary degree of monetary accommodation in future. It now announced to keep target rates at their present extraordinarily low levels at least through year-end 2019 – instead of just "through the summer", as previously pledged. Furthermore, it reiterated that it intends to maintain the huge size of EMU sovereign bond holdings purchased between March 2015 and the end of December 2018 for an incalculable period of time. As a consequence, principal payments from maturing securities bought under the APP (asset purchase programme), including sovereign bonds from the PSPP portfolio (public sector purchase programme) have to be reinvested in full. This ought to support demand for EMU bonds for some time to come, putting downward pressure on yields. [mehr]