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  • Silvia Dall’Angelo
    Your guide to this week's big economic events.
  • Silvia Dall’Angelo
    Monetary policy – which did the heavy lifting in the aftermath of the global financial crisis – has reached its limits.
  • Silvia Dall’Angelo
    The current US economic expansion that began in 2009 will mark its ten-year anniversary in June.
  • 02/05/2019
    Corporate News
    Silvia Dall’Angelo
    The Bank of England was on hold today, as largely expected, and the MPC unanimously voted to keep policies unchanged.
  • 30/04/2019
    Corporate News
    Silvia Dall’Angelo
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    The stakes are high for elections to the European Parliament in May.
  • Silvia Dall’Angelo
    Emerging-market economies experienced a year of tumult in 2018 amid less accommodative global financial conditions, slowing economic growth in China and fraught US-China trade relations.
  • Silvia Dall’Angelo
    For all the resounding announcements, catchy slogans and jokes, today’s Budget amounted to little in practical terms. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced “a Budget for Britain’s future” and reiterated that, after almost a decade of spending cuts, fiscal austerity was “coming to an end”, as also suggested by the Prime Minister during the Tory party conference early this month. Alas, it is not happening now, it is only vaguely defined in practical terms, and it is conditional on a good Brexit deal.
  • Silvia Dall’Angelo
    The trade tariffs – and corresponding retaliatory measures – implemented are so far limited. In total, the value of affected trade now amounts to about $150bn globally, or 0.8% of overall world exports. However, adding up all the measures currently under discussion and assuming impacted countries retaliate commensurately, the amount of targeted trade could quickly rise to more than $1tn, or 6% of global exports. In her latest Ahead of the Curve, Silvia Dall’Angelo, Senior Economist at Hermes Investment Management, argues an escalation of protectionist measures evolving into a trade war could represent the biggest challenge to the world economy.
  • Silvia Dall’Angelo
    The tug-of-war between positive economic fundamentals and the protectionist policies that threaten to undermine them has dominated the macroeconomic story so far this year. Regrettably, this narrative is likely to continue unabated for the remainder of the year. Following the synchronised upswing of 2017, the global economy stuttered at the beginning of the year. Global growth lost momentum in the first quarter, in part reflecting special factors such as the impact from adverse weather conditions. In recent months, economic growth has rebounded to levels that prevailed last year, when global growth came in at 3.7% (see Chart 1). What’s more, global growth has become less synchronised: the US economy has continued to accelerate, while economic growth has slowed in the rest of the world. This creates a fragile backdrop, in which trade tensions – that are likely to continue to brew in the run-up to the November US mid-term elections – could become a catalyst for a sharp and broad-based slowdown.
  • Silvia Dall’Angelo
    While Italy’s short-term economic outlook includes some positive elements, material downside risks loom amid high policy uncertainty. In her latest Ahead of the Curve, Silvia Dall’Angelo, Senior Economist at Hermes Investment Management, argues the Italian situation is a symptom of deep-rooted malaise and requires a credible and concerted response. Italy’s recent political imbroglio reignited the debate over the European Union’s (EU) future and the viability of the European single currency within its current institutional framework. While the situation has normalised, the landscape in Italy remains fragile. It is emblematic of the challenges the Eurozone is facing in a new political era. This new political backdrop emphasises national sovereignty, has an inward-looking approach and favours centrifugal forces, posing hurdles to European integration. Effects of the crisis Italy’s double-dip recession – the global financial crisis in 2008, followed by the European Sovereign Debt Crisis in 2012/13 – was particularly severe, as the country was ill-equipped to deal with it in the first place. The typically short-lived political cycle – with 65 administrations at the helm since World War II – has favoured wasteful public spending and quick fixes, rather than long-sighted structural reforms. In this context, public debt grew quickly, thereby reducing the fiscal space available at times of crisis.
  • Silvia Dall’Angelo
    •The new political landscape in Italy is hardly surprising: it has emerged from the convergence of both global tendencies and idiosyncratic factors. •Going forward, Italy’s short-term economic outlook includes some positive elements. However, material downside risks loom amid high policy uncertainty, both domestically and externally. •Italy’s long-term issues include the sustainability of its large public debt and more importantly, its poor growth prospects. Labour productivity growth has been on a downward trajectory since the early ‘90s.