Eurozone: Southern Economies’ Bonds Face End of Year

21st December 2017
As the end of 2017 looms, Research Analyst Georgi Ninov has taken a look at the performance of Southern Eurozone country's bond performance, and which countries are fairing stronger than others at the end of the calendar year.

India Foreign Trade Policy Review

13th December 2017
The Indian Commerce and Industry Ministry released a review of the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) for the period 2015-20 on December 5. The most discussed point of the presentation was the enhancement of the scope of the Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) and the Service Exports from India Scheme (SEIS). The government announced that incentives worth 8,450 crore INR (1,3bn USD) would be applied to facilitate exports in labor-intensive sectors such as leather and footwear, hand-made carpets, agriculture and marine products.

Turkey: Lira Depreciates to Record Low Levels in November

29th November 2017
The Turkish lira dropped to a record low levels during the second half of November. A US dollar could be bought for 3.96 TRY on November 23, while the euro was valued at 4.69 on November 28. The discrepancy has been rising rapidly since the middle of September after political tensions between Turkey and the United States.

South Africa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI)

21st November 2017
South Africa has registered its best Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) performance in five months. The seasonally adjusted PMI rose with 2,9 percentage points, from 44,9 in September to 47,8 in October 2017. This development was helped mostly by an increase of the new sales orders (6,7 % points), while inventories and employment remained weak. Nevertheless, PMI remained below the 50-mark threshold that separates economic expansion from contraction.

Romania: Economy Grows Above Expectations

16th November 2017
Romania recorded its highest annual real GDP growth since the global recession of 2007-08, reaching 8.6% in Q3 2017. Even though the country has been consistently among the overachievers in the EU in terms of economic growth in the past years, this development has surprised experts which were projecting figures close to the Q2 performance (5.9%).

Eurozone: Deepening TARGET2 Imbalances

3rd November 2017
As of August, the countries that are running the biggest deficits are Italy (-414.2bn EUR) and Spain (-384.4bn EUR) - an amount that roughly mirrors the TARGET2 claims of Germany (852.5bn EUR). The roots of Italy's imbalance can be traced to the sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone, when foreign investors have cut their exposure to Italian bonds. Other factors also weigh in, especially the ECB's quantitative easing (QE) program which has prompted Italians to decrease their holdings of the country's bonds in favour of higher-yielding foreign assets.

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