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The FOMC has raised the Fed funds rate for the third time since the start of the policy rate normalization cycle in 2015. The Committee has also reinforced its commitment to the gradual Fed funds rate increase in line with their projections of an additional two rate increases planned for 2017
An inclusive financial system maximizes usage and access, while minimizing the barriers for financial inclusion (as a proxy of quality). The Multidimensional Index for Financial Inclusion (MIFI) computes the degree of inclusiveness of a financial system across economies and over time
Baby Boomers present greatest mobile banking growth, spending power, and asset ownership in the short-to-medium term. Given inefficiencies of Social Security program and high debt, retirement planning technology is attractive to Boomers. Companies offering prevention of elder financial abuse will benefit from greater customer trust.
Paraguay has room for improving in terms of the Digitization Index, particularly on affordability and content dimensions. Paraguay almost duplicates Internet use between 2011 and 2014, but it is still lower than other Latin American countries
4Q16 GDP grew by 3.5% YoY, significantly above the market and our expectation of 1.9%. Accordingly, full year GDP growth came in at 2.9%. Surging private consumption and much higher than expected growth in industry were the main sources of our bias. Our monthly GDP model signals a further recovery in 1Q17, suggesting a v-shaped recovery after the slump in 3Q16.
In this issue we review: Trends and developments in the Spanish banking sector. Spanish banks’ ROE, COE and P/BV ratio. Evolution of the financial burden of families in Europe. Management of non-performing assets in Europe. Peru: deposits in soles and exchange rate expectations.
A 50 bp “dovish” hike aimed at minimizing the probabilities of second round effects and at setting the conditions for the end of the hiking cycle
We develop a new indicator to track Chinese vulnerability sentiment in real time, combining Big Data with key financial indicators and official statistics. Our Chinese Vulnerability and Sentiment Index (CVSI) shows improving risk narratives since 2H16, in line with a pick-up in economic activity and a change in the policy mix put in place by Chinese authorities.
The G20 meeting which was held in Baden-Baden (Germany) on 17 and 18 March was not attended in person by Trump, although his influence was very present. Certain traditional G20 messages have executed an about-turn which reflects the new US position.
In recent weeks, we have learned of certain initiatives to repeal the reform of the 2013 pensions system, its revaluation mechanism and the sustainability factor (which kicks in from 2019), as well as others to raise pensions by 1.2% in 2017, with a revision clause if inflation outstrips this figure.
Weekly economic update focusing on the major economic indicators to be released the week of March 27, 2017. Special topic: 100th episode!
The inventory of existing homes for sale has declined y-o-y for 21 consecutive months. Locked low mortgage interest rates and short supply of new housing have contributed to the current situation. The high share of homeowners underwater does not seem to currently play a major role. Low unsold inventory is expected to persist, underscoring the need for new housing units
China has rapidly transitioned from a predominantly lower-middle class society to a middle, upper-middle and Affluent class society over past decade. Recent years have seen rising disposable incomes for high-income Chinese households, boosting demand for high value products – A visible shift from mass to premium.