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Innovation, education and more competition in the domestic market would help Germany emerge from the economic crisis with a stronger and more balanced economy. Labor market policy should now pave the way for necessary structural changes while fiscal policy needs a specific exit strategy with focus on consolidating public finances over the coming years.




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  •  OECD Economic Outlook No. 87 (May 2010 - English)
    The economy is rebounding vigorously from the recession trough, helped by a recovering trade sector and policy measures. The pace of recovery is projected to moderate going forward as policy stimulus is ...




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The Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit Washington D.C. think tank, was created in 1986 to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers. Today, with global competition expanding, wage inequality rising, and the methods and nature of work changing in fundamental ways, it is as crucial as ever that people who work for a living have a voice in the economic discourse. 

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World Markets - Technical Analysis

September 16, 2010: Euro/Yen weakness points to stable markets

In the September 9, 2010 Market Minute titled: US bond yields and the S&P 500, technical evidence indicated that 10-year yields were starting to rise. This data is key because bond yields and the S&P 500 trade in parallel patterns. Another signal of potential equity stability is now coming from the currency market. The Euro/Yen "Carry Trade" cross, which trends in the opposite direction to global stock markets, appears to be starting to rollover. This currency cross has been advancing for over nine months, and at the same time, the broad-based Dow Jones World Stock Index (DJWSI) has maintained a declining trend. The potential reversal of this "Carry Trade" cross would imply an increasing probability of favourable equity markets in Q4.

But what is the "Carry Trade"? It is borrowing at very low interest rates (near zero) in Yen and using the loan to buy higher yielding assets elsewhere, such as in Europe. During the past 12 years, the trade has become standard business practice for many institutional investors. Perhaps the most popular form of the strategy exploits the recent yield gap between European and Japanese fixed income securities. However, as the Yen advances against the Euro, the currency trade loses profitability which in turn removes a source of capital from institutional traders.

Bottom line: The Euro/Yen "Carry Trade" appears to be in the early stage of reversing its nine month upward trend. As the DJWSI has a tight opposite correlation to the currency cross, this expected action should be positive for the world stock markets and increases the probability of a strong performing 4th quarter.

Investment approach: Thought the outlook for equity markets appears to be turning more favourable over the mid-term, many world stock indexes are overbought due the quick advance since early September. Investors may wish to wait for an expected retracement during the next 2 to 3 weeks for better prices levels to develop.

More research on market conditions will be available in the upcoming October newsletter.

Donald W. Dony, FCSI, MFTA

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OECD Economic Outlook No. 87, May 2010

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  • Regional Economic Outlook: Europe
    Date: October 2010

    The recovery in Europe continues, supported by strong policy action to contain sovereign debt problems in the euro area. In advanced Europe, lingering uncertainties and market pressures make for moderate and unequal growth, creating challenges for macroeconomic and financial sector policies. The REO also sheds light on the governance issues revealed by the crisis, arguing that better policy frameworks, in particular at the euro area level, promise a stronger Europe. For the first time, the REO devotes a separate chapter to the outlook for emerging Europe, where, after a deep recession, an export-led recovery is under way. However, the rebound is uneven across the region, and policymakers face the difficult challenge of dealing with the legacies of the crisis, while not hurting the recovery. Beyond the short term, the REO argues that the region will need to find new growth engines, as the capital inflows-driven and credit-fueled domestic demand boom needs to give way to more balanced growth. Indeed, the REO emphasizes that active fiscal policy and coordinated prudential measures are key to avoiding a repeat of the boom-bust cycle the region has just endured.
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  • Regional Economic Outlook: Asia and Pacific
    Date: October 2010

    One year after the deepest recession in recent history, Asia is leading the global recovery. The Regional Economic Outlook: Asia and Pacific discusses the near-term outlook for the region, as well as the medium-term policy challenges that countries face. As in many emerging and developing markets, Asia rebounded swiftly during 2009 and in the first quarter of 2010, and in the near term the region is expected to continue leading the global recovery. In the medium term, the global crisis has highlighted the importance for Asia of ensuring that private domestic demand becomes a more prominent engine of growth.
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  • Regional Economic Outlook: Western Hemisphere
    Date: October 2010

    "Heating Up in the South, Cooler in the North" broadly describes the economic scene for the Western Hemisphere. The report emphasizes how a mixed environment--with slow recovery in the United States and other advanced economies, but strength in Asia--differently shapes the outlooks for the diverse economies of Latin America and the Caribbean. This issue also focuses on financial issues in Latin America, with a chapter on the challenges of allowing credit to expand safely, without creating excessive risks, and a chapter that looks at macroprudential financial policies--topics especially important in today's context of low global interest rates and capital flows to emerging economies. The final chapter turns to Caribbean economies, exploring the drivers, and obstacles, that affect their growth.

  • Regional Economic Outlook: Middle East and Central Asia region
    Date: October 2010

    The October 2010 Regional Economic Outlook: Middle East and Central Asia reports on the regional implications of the global economic recovery and presents key policy challenges and recommendations. With the rebound in crude oil prices and production, the oil-exporting countries of the Middle East and North Africa will see visible improvements in their fiscal and external balances in 2010-11. Going forward, further efforts at financial sector development and economic diversification top the agenda. The region's oil-importing countries, which include Afghanistan and Pakistan, have weathered the global recession well. Pakistan, however, suffered from devastating floods in July/August, which will hold back growth this year. The overriding longer-term challenges for these countries are to raise growth and provide jobs for expanding populations. In the Caucasus and Central Asia, recovery has gained momentum in virtually all countries, aided by the lagged effect of fiscal stimulus and a favorable external environment. Exports are picking up, and remittances are rebounding, though at a slowing pace. Despite the broadly positive outlook, however, risks are largely on the downside. A priority is to resolve banking sector problems and, in some countries, to reduce external debt and current account deficits.

  • Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa
    Date: October 2010

    The October 2010 Regional Economic Outlook features: (i) an overview of economic developments and prospects in sub-Saharan Africa; (ii) an analytical assessment of how monetary policy changes are transmitted through the region's economies; and (iii) a study of why growth rates in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) have lagged behind other parts of sub-Saharan Africa. The overview highlights the broad-based economic recovery that is now under way in sub-Saharan Africa and projects growth of 5 percent in 2010 and 5 1/2 percent in 2011. It explores the resilience of most economies in the region to the global financial crises of 2007-09 and explains why sound economic policy implementation and a growing orientation of trade toward Emerging Asia are expected to continue to underpin growth. The second chapter provides evidence suggesting that monetary policy may have more power to influence monetary conditions than previously assumed. Main messages from the WAEMU study are the importance of strong policy environments and political stability for achieving sustained growth; and of robust fiscal frameworks for directing resources towards priority spending needs.

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