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KostiaFM 13-01-2020 13:05

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13.01. UK industrial production drops 1.2% in November

According to the UK Office for National Statistics, industrial production in the country in November fell by 1.2% compared to October. In annual terms, industrial production decreased by 1.6%.

Fresh data were worse than analysts' forecasts. In particular, experts predicted that industrial production in the reporting month decreased by 0.1% on a monthly basis, and on an annual basis – decreased by 1.4%.

KostiaFM 14-01-2020 15:49

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14.01. US consumer prices increase by 2.3% in December

According to the US Labor Department, consumer prices in December rose 2.3% year-on-year; on a monthly basis, inflation was 0.2%. The annual indicator coincided with the analysts’ forecast, and the monthly indicator was expected at the November level of 0.3%. In November, consumer price growth accelerated by 2.1%.

Core inflation (excluding food and energy prices) in December year on year amounted to 2.3%, which coincided with analysts' forecasts. On monthly terms, a deflation of 0.1% was recorded.

This data may allow the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates unchanged for at least this year.

KostiaFM 15-01-2020 16:01

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15.01. Eurozone industrial production rose 0.2% in November

According to Eurostat data, Eurozone industrial production rose in November for the first time in three months.

Industrial production rose 0.2% in November on a monthly basis, while the October figure fell -0.9%. Nevertheless, the current indicator was still worse than analysts' forecasts, expecting growth of 0.3%.

Production of capital goods rose by 1.2% and energy by 0.8%, while production of intermediate goods fell by 0.5%, non-durable consumer goods by 0.7% and durable consumer goods by 0.8%.

On an annualized basis, industrial production fell by -1.5% in November against a fall of -2.6% in October. Experts forecasted a decline of -1%.

In all 28 countries of the European Union, industrial production dropped -0.1% in monthly terms and by -1.3% in annual terms.

KostiaFM 16-01-2020 15:13

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16.01. U.S. and China sign phase one of trade deal

The ceremony of signing the agreement on the first phase of the trade dispute between the US and China took place last night. US President Donald Trump and Vice Premier of the State Council of China Liu He met at the White House in Washington.

The heads of states noted that trade negotiations were tough, but honest. At the meeting, a letter by Chinese President Xi Jinping was presented, in which it was noted that this agreement «is useful for China, the United States and the whole world».

The first phase of the deal suggests that China will increase US imports of at least $200 billion during two years. In exchange for this, the States will slightly reduce some duties and will not introduce additional measures in relation to China. However, the full range of duties on Chinese goods will not be canceled in the first phase, and the further fate of the tariffs will be discussed at the negotiations on the second stage of the trade deal.

Despite the fact that this agreement did not solve the key problems in trade relations between the US and China, it significantly reduced the degree of tension in world markets.

KostiaFM 17-01-2020 14:31

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17.01. China’s GDP grows at slowest pace in 29 years

According to the official forecast of the National Bureau of Statistics of China, GDP growth in the IV quarter of 2019 amounted to 6.0% in annual terms, which coincided with analysts' expectations and the previous value of the indicator for the III quarter. The gross domestic product of China in 2019 amounted to 99,086 trillion yuan ($14.4 trillion).

Experts note that the growth rate of the second largest economy in the world continues to be kept near a minimum for almost 30 years while the country’s birth rate fell to a record low. The reason for this was sluggish demand at home and abroad, as well as pressure in the trade from the United States.

For the whole of 2019, the Chinese economy grew by 6.1%, a minimum of 29 years. A year earlier, GDP growth was 6.6%. However, the current indicator is still within the range set by the government at 6-6.5%.

KostiaFM 20-01-2020 15:43

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20.01. Oil jumped to a maximum in more than a week amid closure of fields in Libya

The price of oil today rose to more than a weekly maximum after the shutdown in two large fields in Libya, which could drastically reduce supplies from an OPEC member country.

Brent futures rose 1.23% to $65.65, previously reaching $66.00 per barrel, the peak since January 9. Futures for WTI crude oil rose 1.11% to $59.50 a barrel.

Before, the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) reported that two large oil fields in the south-west of the country began to suspend operations after the forces of the Libyan National Army blocked the pipeline. If export from Libya is suspended for a long period, oil production may slow down to 0.8 million barrels per day. Recently, Libyan production was at 1.2 million barrels per day.

KostiaFM 21-01-2020 15:08

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21.01. Global stocks fall amid fears of new virus in China

Chinese and European stocks show a decline amid concerns about the spread of a new coronavirus in China. The virus, which broke out at the beginning of the year in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has already spread to many cities of the country and claimed the lives of several people.

The Shanghai Composite index fell 1.4%, hitting its lowest level for the year, while the blue-chip CSI300 index fell 1.7% to a two-week low. Both benchmarks lost all the growth caused earlier by the signing of the first phase trade agreement between the US and China. In particular, shares of airlines, movie theater operators and casinos fell. At the same time, the quotes of drug manufacturers increased.

European stocks are also getting cheaper. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell 0.75%. Shares of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE fell 2.7%, Burberry Group – 3.43%, and Compagnie Financiere Richemont shares fell 3.4%.
Chinese President XI Jinping said that the authorities intend to make containment of the epidemic a top priority, which drew the attention of investors to the seriousness of the crisis situation.

KostiaFM 22-01-2020 15:52

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22.01. US intends to cut a middle-class tax

During an interview with The Wall Street Journal at the World Economic Forum in Davos, U.S. President Donald Trump said his administration is working on a middle-class tax cut proposal that will come into effect if he is reelected and Republicans gain full control of Congress.

Thus the president declined to provide any details but said that the plan will be announced in 90 days. “We are going to lower taxes for the middle class, very much,” Trump said in his speech.

In 2018, Trump had already promised to lower taxes for the middle class by 10% shortly before the midterm elections in 2018, but this plan was never implemented. Last year, similar promises also took place.

KostiaFM 23-01-2020 16:11

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23.01. ECB holds rates unchanged

Today, the European Central Bank (ECB) held a meeting, following which the regulator left key interest rates at the same levels, and began reviewing its strategy for the first time since 2003.

The ECB kept the interest rate on loans at zero, the deposit rate was left at -0.5% per annum, and the margin rate – at 0.25% per annum. Central Bank officials noted that the ECB's key interest rates will remain at their current or lower levels until inflation approaches the regulator's target level (just below 2%).

The ECB also announced the continuation of net asset purchases under the QE program, resumed from November 1. The asset purchase volume is € 20 billion per month.

At a press conference held by ECB President C. Lagarde after the meeting, the first revision of the European regulator’s strategy since 2003 was announced. The review will continue throughout most of the year and will cover a wide range of issues, from inflation targets to digital money and combating climate change.

KostiaFM 24-01-2020 15:36

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24.01. Eurozone business activity index unchanged in January

According to preliminary data from the Markit Economics Research Organization, the composite index of business activity in industry and services (PMI) of 19 Eurozone countries in January remained at the mark 50.9 points. The indicator coincided with the data for December and turned out to be worse than analysts' forecasts (growth to 51.2 points).

Despite the decline, the indicator remains slightly above level 50, which separates the expansion from the reduction.

IHS Markit Associate Director Andrew Harker said that recent data suggests that the eurozone economy again failed to capture an increase in growth. The manufacturing PMI was 47.8 and has remained below 50 for the 12-th consecutive month, although it has grown compared with 46.3 in December and well above the 46.8 forecast.

KostiaFM 27-01-2020 15:51

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27.01. Experts: China's GDP growth in I quarter may slow down below 6% due to the outbreak of pneumonia

Experts note that due to the outbreak of pneumonia in China, the growth rate of the Chinese economy may slow down below 6% in the first quarter of 2020. The risk of a slowdown in GDP growth is observed amid the expected fall in consumer spending due to the current situation in the country.

The Chinese authorities in the past couple of years have relied on the development of the consumer sector, hoping that it will become the main engine of economic recovery. However, in the context of the rapidly spreading epidemic of the deadly virus, Chinese people refrain from visiting shops and public places.

Many key segments of the service sector, such as theaters, museums, and exhibitions that can attract many customers during the New Year's Eve on the Lunar calendar, have almost stopped working. In addition, in many cities, local authorities decided to suspend the operation of urban and suburban transport.

«The PRC’s economy had difficulties even before the outbreak of pneumonia, and such a large-scale crisis in the healthcare sector poses a threat of a more significant weakening of growth,» said economist Chen Gong. The expert believes that the current epidemic may cost China more than 40 billion yuan ($5.77 billion), which will take away about 1 percentage point from the country's GDP growth in 2020.

KostiaFM 28-01-2020 15:50

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28.01. OPEC wants to extend production cuts until June due to virus in China

OPEC representatives said the organization is ready to extend the current decline in oil production until June, if the spread of the new coronavirus significantly affects the demand for oil in China. At the same time, the possibility of increasing the volume of production reduction is considered.

The sharp drop in oil prices observed recently worries OPEC officials. Representatives of many participating countries have already begun to consider their own options for resolving the situation and have intensified their internal discussion of how best to respond to falling prices.

At the same time, experts predict a longer extension of measures to reduce global oil production. The possibility of extending the agreement until the end of 2020 is not excluded.

KostiaFM 29-01-2020 16:07

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29.01. Germany raises 2020 growth forecast slightly to 1.1%

The German government raised its forecast for GDP growth for 2020 and promised to create all conditions for the influx of investments into the country in order to maintain the competitiveness of Europe’s largest economy.

According to the forecast, this year German GDP growth will amount to 1.1%. Such expectations coincided with forecasts of the International Monetary Fund, presented last week.

It is noted that last year, the German economy grew by only 0.6%, at the lowest rate since 2013. Experts note a significant slowdown in the country's economic development compared to a 1.5% rise in 2018. The reason for this was a slowdown in the global economy, trade tensions and uncertainty regarding Brexit.

Germany predicts high consumer spending and export growth, while trade is still a serious risk due to the potential imposition of U.S. duties on European cars. The German government also outlined a spending plan that would allocate more than €160 billion by 2023 in the areas of digital infrastructure and transport.

KostiaFM 30-01-2020 15:55

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30.01. Interest rates left at 0.75% amid signs of rebound for UK economy

Today, the Bank of England held a meeting, at which left rates unchanged at 0.75%. Representatives of the Central Bank noted that there is no need for additional incentive measures, as the British economy began to show signs of accelerating growth. At the same time, two out of nine Bank of England officials, Michael Saunders and Jonathan Haskell, again voted to lower rates.

The regulator also said that it was ready for changes in monetary policy after the departure of Central Bank head Mark Carney in March. His place will be taken by Andrew Bailey, head of the Office of Financial Regulation and Supervision.

If the British economy continues to show a visible acceleration of growth, it may require «some modest tightening» of monetary policy, said the representatives of the Bank of England.

KostiaFM 31-01-2020 14:06

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31.01. Annual inflation in the Euro zone accelerated to 1.4 in January%

According to the European statistical Agency Eurostat, annual inflation in the 19 countries of the Eurozone in January, according to a preliminary estimate, accelerated to 1.4% from the level of 1.3% in December. The indicator coincided with the forecasts of analysts polled by Reuters.

A year earlier, in January 2019, annual inflation in the Eurozone was also 1.4%.

Core inflation in January, according to preliminary estimates, was 1.1% compared to 1.3% in December. Analysts were expecting a reading of 1.2%.

KostiaFM 03-02-2020 15:46

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03.02. The index of business activity in the manufacturing sector in Germany in January amounted to 45.3

According to the final data of the research organization IHS Markit, the index of business activity in the manufacturing sector of Germany (PMI Manufacturing) in January amounted to 45.3 points. Preliminary data were noted at the level of 45.2 points. Experts expected both indicators to match.

The index of purchasing managers in the manufacturing sector of the eurozone's largest economy rose from the December level of 43.7, reaching the highest level in 11 months.

The manufacturing PMI of all 19 eurozone countries in January showed growth from 46.3 to 47.9, peaking since April 2019.

KostiaFM 04-02-2020 13:49

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04.02. Boris Johnson does not want to accept EU standards

The sterling lost more than 1% after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would not accept EU standards as the price for securing a free trade deal.

Britain officially left the EU on Friday, January 31, but it has yet to agree on the details of new relations with the European Union. Both sides stated what they want from a future trade deal, but the positions were so far apart, that economists do not exclude the possibility of a sharp break in relations at the end of the year.

The UK is currently in a transition period during which EU law and regulations still apply to the entire country, and the UK government can trade with other countries. During this period, London also seeks to develop new trade agreements with Brussels. Its absence will lead to higher costs for British and European exporters.

Boris Johnson said yesterday that Britain wants to conclude a free trade agreement with the EU, similar to the 2016 Canadian agreement. However, representatives of the European Union noted that the parties do not have enough time to agree on a similar deal.

KostiaFM 05-02-2020 15:37

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05.02. Retail sales in the eurozone in December fell 1.6%, worse than forecast

According to the European statistical agency Eurostat, retail sales in the eurozone in December fell by 1.6% compared with November. Analysts had expected a decline of 0.9% month-on-month.

On an annualized basis, retail sales in the eurozone in December increased by 1.3%, although analysts had expected growth of 2.4%.

In all EU countries, retail sales in December decreased by 1.3% compared with November, and year-on-year – increased by 1.9%.

The largest annual sales growth in December was recorded in Hungary (+ 6.1%), Romania (+ 8.5%), as well as in Malta (+ 5.9%). The decrease was recorded in Slovakia (-2.5%), Slovenia (-6.6%) and Finland (-1.6%).

KostiaFM 07-02-2020 13:49

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07.02. The number of applications for unemployment benefits in the US fell to a minimum since April

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits for the first time fell by 15 thousand to 202 thousand. This has become the lowest level since mid-April 2019.

A week earlier, according to revised data, the number of applications was 217 thousand, and not 216 thousand, as previously reported.

Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg predicted predicted a decrease in the indicator by 1 thousand, to 215 thousand.

The number of Americans continuing to receive unemployment benefits for the week increased by 48 thousand, to 1.751 million. Last week, a similar indicator was recorded at the mark around 1.703 million.

KostiaFM 10-02-2020 14:43

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10.02. Gold rises in price, the market estimates the economic damage from the coronavirus

Today, Gold quotes rose to a week maximum, reaching $ 1,580 per troy ounce. The precious metal is getting more expensive as rising concerns about the effects of Chinese coronavirus have increased the attractiveness of defensive assets.

The number of coronavirus victims on Sunday increased by 97 and exceeded 900 people. Thus, more people have already died from the new virus than from SARS almost two decades ago.

Gold also gained support as the dollar moved away from a four-month high versus a basket of major currencies.

KostiaFM 11-02-2020 14:03

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11.02. UK economy showed zero growth in the IV quarter

The UK economy showed zero growth in the last quarter of 2019. According to preliminary data from the National Statistical Office (ONS), GDP in October-December did not change compared to the previous quarter. In December, economic growth accelerated by 0.3%.

In annual terms, UK GDP in the IV quarter grew by 1.1%, at the lowest rate since the beginning of 2018.

Consumer spending in the country grew by only 0.1%, at the lowest rate since the end of 2015. Investment in business fell by 1%, which was the maximum decline since the end of 2016.

Manufacturing output fell 1.1% from the previous three months. Service growth slowed to 0.1%.

At the end of 2019, the UK's GDP increased by 1.4% compared with a rise of 1.3% in 2018.

The Bank of England predicts that in 2020 the UK economy will grow by only 0.8%, at the lowest rate since the financial crisis. In 2021 growth will accelerate to 1.5%, according to the Central Bank.

KostiaFM 12-02-2020 14:32

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12.02. China maintains its goal of GDP growth despite coronavirus exposure

Deputy head of the PRC Academy of Social Sciences Cai Fan said that China will be able to achieve its long-term goal of doubling GDP and income this year, despite the consequences of the outbreak of Coronavirus. The epidemic will have only a short-term effect on the country's economy, after which demand will recover quickly, Chinese officials think.

The economist also noted that the impact of a virus outbreak will slightly reduce growth and other development indicators, but these consequences will not be long-term. According to him, the growth rate of about 5.7% this year will be sufficient to achieve the goal of doubling GDP and income.

Cai also added that the Chinese authorities should use policy tools in a timely and flexible manner, as well as apply «non-traditional policy tools» to support the economy.

It was previously noted that the outbreak of coronavirus in 2020 could reduce China's economic growth by 1 percentage point.

KostiaFM 13-02-2020 15:56

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13.02. US annual inflation accelerates to 2.5% in January

According to the US Labor Department, consumer prices in the US in January rose 2.5% year on year, and on a monthly basis inflation was 0.1%. Experts expected consumer price growth to accelerate by 2.4% and 0.2%, respectively.

In December, inflation amounted to 0.2% in monthly terms and 2.3% in annual terms.

Core inflation in the United States (excluding food and energy prices) in January year on year amounted to 2.3%. Analysts had expected the indicator to be fixed at 2.2%. On a monthly basis, prices rose by 0.2%, which coincided with experts' forecasts.

US food prices in January in monthly terms rose by 0.5%, while energy prices fell by 0.7%. In annual terms, food prices rose by 1.8%, and energy – by 12.1%.

KostiaFM 14-02-2020 16:04

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14.02. US industrial production in January fell by 0.3%

According to the US Federal Reserve, the volume of industrial production in the United States in January decreased by 0.3% compared to the previous month. Analysts polled by Reuters expected a 0.2% drop.

The value for December was revised: the decrease in industrial production in the country in the reporting month is estimated at 0.4% in monthly terms against the previous estimate of 0.3%.

The US industrial production index is one of the key indicators of the economy, reflecting the physical volume of products manufactured by American companies.

KostiaFM 17-02-2020 15:34

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17.02. Japan's GDP in the IV quarter fell at the fastest rate since 2014

In the fourth quarter of 2019, Japan's GDP fell by 6.3% year on year after increasing the consumption tax in the country. Such rates of decline became the highest over the past 5.5 years. The fall in GDP was noted for the first time since the third quarter of 2018.

Analysts had expected the Japanese economy to decline in the fourth quarter by only 3.7%. In the third quarter, according to revised data, Japan's GDP grew by 0.5%, and not by 1.8%, as previously reported.

Analysts also fear that the country's economy may contract in January-March 2020 against the backdrop of the spread of the Chinese coronavirus. A fall in GDP over two consecutive quarters will mean a technical recession.

KostiaFM 18-02-2020 15:37

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18.02. Apple shares fell on Tuesday

Stock prices of the American company Apple Inc are reduced today by 3.6% during preliminary trading. Even earlier, the stock drop exceeded 4%. The Nasdaq stock index, which calculates the company's securities, fell 0.9%.

The fall was caused by a warning from Apple that the company's revenue in the second fiscal quarter (ending March 30) would not reach the previously announced values ​​due to an outbreak of coronavirus in China. As you know, all Apple's manufacturing facilities are located outside of Hubei Province, which is the epicenter of the disease, and all of them have already resumed work.

However, the recovery is slower than planned, which has led to a temporary restriction in the supply of iPhone smartphones worldwide. At the end of January, the company gave a forecast in which it estimated revenue in the current quarter at $63-67 billion with the resumption of production by February 10.

KostiaFM 19-02-2020 15:12

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19.02. UK annual inflation accelerates to 1.8% in January

According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), inflation in Great Britain accelerated in January to 1.8% from 1.3% in December in annual terms, and in monthly terms, deflation was fixed at 0.3% against zero inflation a month earlier.

Analysts predicted that annual inflation would be 1.6%, and in monthly terms, experts expected a deflation of 0.4%.

The CPIH index (inflation, taking into account the costs of homeowners on housing maintenance) for the reporting month was 1.8% in annual terms against 1.4% a month earlier. In monthly terms, a deflation of 0.2% was recorded against zero dynamics in December.

KostiaFM 20-02-2020 14:39

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02.20. Gold has risen to a high in 7 years

Gold prices rose to a maximum in 7 years due to fears that an outbreak of coronavirus will slow down global growth, as well as amid rumors that the US Federal Reserve will cut the interest rate by the end of the year.

At the auction on February 20, the price per troy ounce of gold amounted to $1,621.45 – a similar price of gold was fixed at the beginning of 2013.

Although the number of new cases of coronavirus infection is declining, signs of deepening economic damage from the epidemic continue to put pressure on markets. Moreover, two deaths were recorded in Iran, which indicates the active spread of the disease outside of China.

The minutes of the last meeting of the US Federal Reserve showed that the regulator can leave rates unchanged for several months of 2020, but traders predict at least one decrease in 2020.

KostiaFM 21-02-2020 16:32

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02.21. The ECB expects the completion of the coronavirus epidemic will lead to a significant revival of the eurozone economy

Philip Lane, chief economist at the European Central Bank (ECB), said that the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19 is the central agenda for the Central Bank and carries downward risks for its economic outlook until the epidemic is brought under control.

At the same time, the ECB expects that the end of the epidemic will lead to a significant revival of the eurozone economy, and in the foreseeable future we should not expect «dramatic» consequences.

The regulator also noted that the ECB has room to maneuver in terms of increasing monetary stimulus and is ready to lower key interest rates if necessary.

KostiaFM 25-02-2020 15:43

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25.02. Italy has become the epicenter of the spread of Chinese coronavirus

Italy warned the EU that it could require substantial assistance if the unexpected spread of coronavirus in the country's industrial regions would have serious negative consequences for the economy.

On Monday, it became known about 8 cases of death from a coronavirus in Italy, the number of people infected in the country rose to 231. Most cases of infection were recorded in the northern regions of the country, which together account for about a third of Italy's GDP and about half of Italian exports.

Schools and universities have already been closed in these regions, and mass events, including the Venice Carnival, have been suspended.

Italian Deputy Economy Minister Laura Castelli said that the EU needs to be prepared to come to Italy’s rescue if the country faces an economic shock as a result of the effects of coronavirus. Analysts suggest that the economic consequences of the spread of coronavirus can be significant. According to estimates of the Bank of Italy, the epidemic factor will subtract 0.2 percentage points from the country's GDP growth rate in 2020.

KostiaFM 26-02-2020 15:58

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26.02. German economy nears stagnation in first quarter with coronavirus outbreak

The German Institute for Economic Research DIW reported that Germany’s economy is close to stagnation in the first quarter of 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. According to the organization, the country's GDP will increase by only 0.1% compared with the previous quarter, and the industrial sector of the economy will be mainly hit.

The head of the economic department of the institute, Klaus Michelsen, also noted that the impact of the coronavirus epidemic remains unclear, and the damage cannot be calculated. However, experts are confident that German industry will suffer the most, since an outbreak of the virus will inevitably lead to interruptions in the supply of wholesale products from China.

According to the Federal Statistical Agency of Germany (Destatis), German GDP in the IV quarter of 2019 remained unchanged compared with the previous three months. Over the past year, Europe’s largest economy has grown by only 0.6%, at the lowest rate since the 2013 eurozone debt crisis.

KostiaFM 27-02-2020 15:50

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02.27. European stock exchanges fall by more than 3% on concerns over coronavirus

Major European stock indexes on Thursday evening accelerated the pace of decline and are already falling by more than 3%. Experts note that the pressure on the exchanges is caused by concerns for the global economy, which is under pressure from the situation with the coronavirus.

In particular, the British FTSE 100 index falls by 3.02%, to 6824.55 points, the French CAC 40 – by 3.28%, to 5502.16 points, and the German DAX – by 3.1%, to 12357.11 points.

Investors continue to assess the risks of a slowdown in the global economy amid the continued spread of the coronavirus, which is becoming a pandemic. Coronavirus and related quarantine measures pose risks to many areas of the economy, including trade, transportation and tourism.

KostiaFM 28-02-2020 16:00

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28.02. Eurozone inflation expectations drop to record low

A key market indicator of long-term inflation expectations in the eurozone fell to a record low amid growing concerns about the spread of coronavirus in Europe.

The five-year indicator of inflation expectations fell to 1.1182%, which was the lowest level in history. The indicator measures the level of expected inflation in the eurozone over a five-year period.

The previous record low was recorded in October 2019 at around 1.12%.

KostiaFM 02-03-2020 16:28

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02.03. Italy's GDP growth slowed in 2019 to 0.3%, a minimum for 5 years

According to official figures, Italy's economic growth in 2019 has slowed to its lowest level since 2014 of 0.3% compared with 0.8% in 2018. Italian authorities predicted a recovery rate of 0.1%, a consensus forecast by experts provided for an increase of 0.2%.

Consumer spending in Italy last year increased by 0.4%, government spending decreased by 0.4%. Business investment grew by 1.4%, including investment in construction jumped 2.6%. The volume of exports from Italy in 2019 increased by 1.2%, the volume of imports decreased by 0.4%.

Italy's budget deficit last year amounted to 1.6% of GDP, which is the lowest since 2007. In the previous year, the budget deficit was 2.2% of GDP. The public debt indicator remained at the level of 2018 – 134.8% of GDP.

The official forecast for 2020 assumes a country's GDP growth of 0.6%, but many experts note the possibility of a recession in the economy due to the spread of coronavirus. The Italian government intends to revise the budget parameters for 2020 to take into account the urgent costs of supporting the economy in the context of the spread of coronavirus.

The authorities plan to spend at least 3.6 billion euro to support the economy, including the provision of tax benefits to businesses, as well as measures to support exporters to mitigate the negative effects that the spread of coronavirus could have on the economy.

KostiaFM 03-03-2020 15:59

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03.03. Central Bank of Australia lowered rate to record low

The Central Bank of Australia has lowered its key interest rate from 0.75% to 0.5% per annum. The regulator reduces the rate for the fourth time in less than a year, bringing it to a record low. Prior to this, the rate was reduced in June, July and October 2019. This decision was unexpected for market participants, and only two economists surveyed by Reuters predicted a rate cut.

The head of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Philip Law, said that the spread of coronavirus could have a significant impact on the country's economy, and it is difficult to predict how harmful the consequences would be. The politician also noted that the Board of Governors of the Central Bank is ready to further soften monetary policy in order to support the Australian economy.

KostiaFM 04-03-2020 15:40

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04.03. US Federal Reserve cut the rate unscheduled for the first time since 2008

The Federal Reserve Board unexpectedly lowered its base interest rate from 1.5-1.75% to 1-1.25%, dropping it by 50 basis points at once. Market participants expected that the regulator would make a decision on a rate change only at the meeting on March 18.

The Fed has taken emergency measures in connection with the spread of the coronavirus, which creates additional risks for economic activity, and the fall of markets. The last time a rate cut occurred outside of a scheduled meeting of the regulator was during the 2008 crisis.

It is noted that the Central Bank came to such decision amid pressure from the US Presidential Administration Donald Trump.

KostiaFM 10-03-2020 14:55

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10.03. Saudi Arabia will increase oil supplies to 12.3 million barrels per day in April

Saudi Arabian State Oil Company Saudi Aramco intends to increase oil supplies to 12.3 million barrels per day in April. The company expects this to have a positive long-term financial effect.

According to the OPEC monthly report, in January, Saudi Arabia produced 9.7 million barrels of oil per day. The authorities said that the country's production capacity is 12 million barrels per day. Moreover, the Kingdom has tens of millions of barrels of oil in strategic reserves, which can be used if necessary.

Riyadh has already announced that it has been lowering oil prices for buyers from all regions since April, after OPEC and its allies, including Russia, could not agree on Friday to further reduce production.

KostiaFM 11-03-2020 16:27

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11.03. Bank of England urgently cut rate to deal with coronavirus effects

The Bank of England unexpectedly lowered its base interest rate in an attempt to support the British economy amid the spread of coronavirus in the country. Yesterday, the Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously to lower the rate by 50 basis points to 0.25%.

The regulator did not change the volume of the government bond purchase program (435 billion pounds) and kept the purchase volume of corporate bonds at 10 billion pounds. At the same time, the central bank lowered its countercyclical capital buffer for banks from 1% to 0% and launched a new small business lending support scheme.

The regulator noted that although the extent of the economic shock from COVID-19 is very uncertain, business and production activity in the country may significantly weaken in the coming months.

This emergency cut in the Bank of England rate was the first since the global financial crisis of 2008. As a result of this step, the rate returned to a record low level achieved after the Brexit referendum in 2016.

KostiaFM 12-03-2020 15:59

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12.03. The ECB has kept rates unchanged, but introduced a stimulus package against coronavirus

According to the results of the European Central Bank (ECB) meeting, the regulator left key interest rates at the same levels, but presented a package of incentives to combat the effects of coronavirus. The Central Bank has announced measures to support bank lending and has expanded its program of quantitative easing (QE) by 120 billion euros.

The ECB kept the interest rate on loans at zero, the deposit rate was kept at -0.5% per annum, the margin lending rate remained at 0.25% per annum. The Governing Council noted that the ECB's key interest rates will remain at their current or lower levels until inflation approaches the target level of the regulator.

ECB Htad Christine Lagarde said earlier this week that Europe could face a serious economic shock comparable to the 2008 global financial crisis if the authorities in the region do not take the necessary measures to combat coronavirus.

KostiaFM 13-03-2020 16:19

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13.03. The EU will allocate 37 billion investment to combat the effects of coronavirus

The European Union decided to create an investment initiative of €37 billion as part of a package of measures to protect the region’s economy from the effects of a coronavirus outbreak. This was stated today by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

Additional measures that the executive branch of the European Union will take include the provision of flexibility to member states regarding budget deficit rules and government aid.

The EU will also use 1 billion euros of EU money to guarantee up to 8 billion euros in loans to 100,000 companies affected by the coronavirus epidemic to support the corporate sector.

The Head of the European Commission at the same time noted her conviction that the EU will be able to withstand economic shock only if each member state lives up to its full responsibility.

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