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The European Union rose “only” 0,4 percent in Q1 of 2018

Last week I talked about America`s fantastic growth of 4,1 percent on quarter in Q2 of 2018, and this is only the beginning. It is no doubt; President Trump must be doing something right. But, what about the European Union?

GDP in the European Union rose «only» 0,4 percent on quarter in the first three months of 2018. Not much to write home about. But the growth have never been above 1 percent since the financial crisis in 2008.

The European Union reached an all time high of 1,30 percent in 1999 and that is right before the tech bubble burst. Since then it has been a dead fish, reaching an all time low of -2,60 percent in the first quarter of 2009.

At the same time we can see that the unemployment rate reached a record low of 6,80 percent in February of 2008, and that`s right before the financial crisis. It reached an all time high of 11 percent in February 2013, but in May this year it fall down to 7 percent again.

This isn`t good enough if we are living in a capitalistic world.

The European Union in Brussels are nothing more than unelected bureaucrats. Draghi and the ECB have, just like Japan and the U.S «printed» a lot of money, and will continue to do so. If they can`t turn around the ship, they need to consider a strong cheerleader.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a meeting with President Trump last week. They were talking about trade, free trade and tariffs. Mr Trump`s goal is to make better deals so both the U.S and the EU can take more profit and prosper.

I think that the EU should be glad for that and they need to hurry up. The U.S is the world`s third biggest exporter, yet exports account «only» for 13 percent on GDP. Exports in the U.S reached an all time high of 215328 USD million in May this year, which is pretty impressive.

The EU has 28 member states and the biggest among them all is Germany (21 percent of total GDP), the United Kingdom (15 percent), and France (15 percent).

Exports of goods and services account for 46 percent of GDP while imports account for 42 percent, adding 4 percent of total GDP. But this is about to change. If the UK contribute with 15 percent of the total GDP in the EU, then what will happen to their growth after Brexit?

That being said; nor is the UK a success story. The British economy grew by 0,1 percent in the first three months of 2018 and well below 0,4 percent in the previous period. It is the lowest growth rate since a 0,1 percent contraction in Q4 2012.

The largest contribution to growth in the UK was from household spending at 0,2 percentage points. From the production side, the service industries made the largest contribution to GDP growth, followed by production.

Agriculture, the smallest component within the output approach of GDP made no contribution to growth to one decimal place, while construction deducted from GDP growth. The service industries increased by 0,3 percent.

Positive growth was recorded within all sub-sectors of the services industries; distribution, hotels and restaurants (0,1 percent vs -0,1 percent).

President Trump have repeatedly said that the EU have treated the US very bad. I have written many articles about that long before Mr Trump`s inauguration. The European Commission has fined Google €4,34 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules this month.

In May 2009, Intel was imposed with a 1,06 billion euro fined for abusing its market dominance on central processing units. Microsoft has been in trouble with the Commission on several occasions. In 2004, the Commission ruled that Microsoft had abused its market dominance.

In 208, the Commission fined Microsoft nearly 900 million euros for charging «unreasonable» royalty fees. In 2013, another fine of 561 million euros was imposed on Microsoft. This time for failing to comply with the Commission`s ruling that it had to allow users to more easily choose a prefered web browser.

The European Commission fined Facebook for 110 million euros in May this year in relation to its takeover of WhatsApp. Facebook acquired the messaging service in 2014 for $19 billion, but provided the Commission with misleading information about the acquisition.

In August 2016, the Commission ruled that tech giant Apple had received illegal tax benefits from Ireland worth up to 13 billion euros. Ireland was ordered to recover the unpaid tax from Apple, plus interest.

As early as 1966, British Politician Tony Benn said that «Communism run by commissars from Moscow did not work, and nor will capitalism run by commissioners in Brussels. Both deny people their right to develop in their own way.»

Now, under President Donald Trump, big companies like Apple are moving home to the United States with billions of dollars. Apple alone, are bringing in $230 billion. They will build new plants and a magnificent campus.

They will spend their money wisely and the money will be in the U.S. All this is possible because of Trump`s tax cuts and reforms. This is how you make growth.

 

 

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Trump`s tax cuts and reforms are working, and 4,1 percent growth means the strongest growth rate since the third quarter of 2014

America is growing fast. The United States are growing faster than China. The U.S economy advanced an annualized 4,1 percent on quarter in Q2 of 2018, while China grew by «only» 1,8 percent. That`s a bomb.

The Chinese economy advanced 6,7 percent YoY in June quarter of 2018. Last year, the economy expanded by 6,9 percent, beating the government target of around 6,5 percent and following a 26 year low of 6,7 percent in 2016. But, the United States can come up to that level very soon.

Trump`s tax cuts and reforms are working, and now we can all see right in front of us. The U.S economy advanced in the second quarter of 2018 and it will continue. This is just the beginning. The growth can reach 6 percent and compete with China.

The U.S exports jumped 9,3 percent (3,6 percent in the previous quarter), and imports rose at a much slower pace. 0,5 percent compared to 3 percent. The impact from trade was 1,06 percent, which is much better than -0,02 percent in the first quarter, and this is the highest contribution since the last three months of 2013.

4,1 percent growth means the strongest growth rate since the third quarter of 2014 amid higher consumer spending and soybean exports while business spending slowed. Spending of durable goods rebounded 9,3 percent compared to -2 percent and rose faster for nondurable goods; 4,2 percent compared to 0,1 percent and services; 3,1 percent compared to 1 percent.

Larry Kudlow said in his speech today that this is just the beginning. They have fixed a world broken trade system, and business investment is booming. 9 to 10 percent in the beginning of this year.

This is important because it is the key to productivity which is the key to growth which is the key to real rising wages. Big corporations like Apple are also coming back to the U.S.

This is a boom that is sustainable, Kudlow said.

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Tax revenues increased from $94 billion in 1961 to $153 billion in 1968 with lower taxes

The Gross Domestic Product in the United States expanded 2,30 percent in the third quarter of 2017 over the same quarter of the previous year, and President Donald Trump is not satisfied with that. His next action to fix that is to cut the taxes.

John F Kennedy was also dissatisfied with economic growth in the early 60s with a growth rate at «only» 2 percent. What he wanted is 4 or five 5 percent growth. Exactly what Mr Trump want, but what happened to Kennedys taxes and is it something to learn?

In a speech John F Kennedy said: “We have to secure 25,000 new jobs a week for the next 10 years in order to provide jobs for all of the people coming into the labor market. That is a terribly difficult task at a time when automation and new machinery has taken the jobs of men. And at the present rate of economic growth or productivity increase, we are not going to have those jobs for people.”

So, automation and new machinery made it difficult in the 60`s? Wow.

The labor force in the U.S in 1960 was 70 million. Now, it is more than twice (160,381 million as of October 2017). The unemployment rate under President Trump is 4,1 percent as the number of unemployed persons decreased by 281,000 to 6,5 million in October 2017.

The unemployment was 5,2 percent in 1964, but it sooner declined to 3,8 percent later on the same year. It continued to fall to 3, percent in 1969. In other words: JFK`s tax cuts were working, and economic growth creates jobs.

Kennedy`s tax cuts were not passed by Congress until his death on February 26, 1964, in the Revenue Act of 1964. Kennedy had the right mindset. Their tax rates was too high and their tax revenues too low.

In 1964, the bill reduced the top marginal rate from over 90 percent to 70 percent. Tax revenues increased from $94 billion in 1961 to $153 billion in 1968. Cutting taxes at that time was not to incur a budget deficit, but to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy which could bring a budget surplus. And it did.

After the tax bill, made by President Lyndon B Johnson, real GDP grew at 5,8 percent in 1965, and 6,6 percent in 1966. Lower taxes generated more revenue for Uncle Sam.

The concept is very simple but difficult for many to understand. When people have more money, they spend it which means additional tax receipts. Not only that.

Lower taxes will reduce risk-taking which is good for the U.S entrepreneurship. You can imagine what entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Sergei Brin and Elon Musk have added to the growth of the economy using their ideas to create new firms and jobs?

What would have happen if they all had taken a new job as an ordinary employee with IBM? The answer is very simple: a slower tech industry.

John F Kennedys tax cut model were the model for Reagans. Now, it is time for Mr Trump and it remain to see his model.

 

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India`s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is doing something right and they can surpass China very soon

Theresa May is negotiating with the European Union and investors are concerned about a hard landing on these Brexit deals. It`s difficult to know exactly the outcome of the Brexit deal but what we do know is that the British economy grew 1,7% YoY in the second quarter of 2017.

Not so much compared to Chinas 6,9% growth, which is the best G20 country followed by India at 5,7%. Britains economy fell from 2,0% to 1,7% and that is the opposite direction of India`s growth. Can India grow by a greater margin than China this year?

 

 

According to IMF, Indias economy will grow by a greater margin than China in 2017. Not only that. Indias innovation growth rate is expected to rise significantly over the next 15 years, placing it ahead of Russia and close to surpassing China, according to a new report.

China is the leading nation in terms of innovation among BRICS countries, but India`s Prime Minister Narendra Modi must be doing something right. India is set to see a surge in innovation and could surpass China by the end of the next decade.

According to Chinas Science Technology Exchange Center, Indias innovation growth rate is expected to rise significantly over the next 15 years, placing it ahead of Russia.

India`s economy is expected to grow by 7,2% in 2017, according to IMF. A new study highlights the growth that can be expected in intellectual advances, such as science and technology, which are often perceived as indicators of future growth.

It`s BRICS Innovation Competitiveness Report 2017 predicted that the innovation competitiveness of India would see a significant rise with its growth rate probably surpassing China between 2025 – 2030.

What is India`s Prime Minister Narendra Modi actually doing right? He has been taking notable steps forward in innovation, supported by a reform agenda.

Government schemes such as Digital India, which expands the countrys online infrastructure, and StartUp India, which promotes financial backing for entrepreneurs, have been unveiled to boost the countrys innovation and technology sectors.

India`s growing information technology and scientific expertise have also helped turn it into an increasingly dominant outsourcing hub.

So far, China is still the leader in terms of innovation competitiveness among BRICS nations, followed by Russia, South Africa, Brazil and India.

Europe is struggling to follow. Ireland is the best country with its 6,10% growth, followed by Romania with 5,9% growth and Estonia with 5,7% growth YoY.

At the bottom in Europe we find Norway with only 0,20% growth, Macedonia by its 0% and at the very bottom Liechtenstein with negative -1,9% growth.

Monaco, Liechtenstein and Luxemburg are the richest countries in the world measured by GDP per capita.

 

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The balance sheet assets of the six major central banks is up about 240%

All the worlds central banks are printing money like never before, and this is for the first time in history. The balance sheet assets of the six major central banks have just hit a new all-time record high of $17,3 trillion. Thats up from $4,987 trillion in May 2006.

People`s Bank of China (PBOC) has the largest balance sheet with total assets of $5,0 trillion, followed by the Federal Reserve with $4,4 trillion.

 

 

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The SNB is at the bottom of the chart above, but it has the largest balance sheet as a percentage of GDP, with it currently up to 88,4% of GDP vs. 20% of GDP in May 2006.

The BoJ`s balance sheet is equal to 70% of GDP vs. 25% of GDP in May 2006.

The PBOC`s balance sheet is equal to 53% of GDP vs. 56% of GDP in May 2006

The Fed`s balance sheet is equal to 25% of GDP vs 6% of GDP in May 2006

The ECB`s balance sheet is equal to 25% of GDP vs. 13% of GDP in May 2006

The BoE`s balance sheet is equal to 22% of GDP vs. 6% of GDP in May 2006

The total assets of the world`s six major central banks is equal to 36% of their combined GDP, a new all-time record high vs. Only 14% of their combined GDP in May 2006, and well above the nine median of 26%!

Trumps goal is massive growth, and IMF in January raised its economic growth forecasts to 2,3% in 2017 and 2,5% in 2018, thanks to Donald Trumps plans to cut taxes and boost infrastructure spending. The World Bank will follow IMF with similar forecasts.

Trump`s bold plan is to create 25 million new American jobs in the next decade, which means it will only take 2% annual growth of the workforce to hit that target. Data shows us that 25 million jobs have never been created in a 10 year timeframe.

A 2% growth rate over 10 year will generate 25 million jobs, which means if the economic growth rate hits 2,5% it would take about 8 years. If the growth rate goes up to 3% per year it will take about 6 years. If the rate goes higher, Trump can reach his goal during his first period as a President.

I do not agree with Trump`s immigrant policy, but there is a drawback here; If Trump want to reach his goal, he need immigrants, because the number of people who are working dropped 3,7% over the past 10 years, and some of the reasons for that is the baby boomers demographic shift.

Janet Yellen also said she consider to hike the rates because the economy is improving. The Fed want to proceed with «normalizing» monetary policy, which means they want to have room to ease in case of a future shock.

President Donald Trump can help them to solve their fiscal policy by cutting tax rates and spend more money on infrastructure. At the same time, he need to keep the lid on federal spending. Will Donald Trump succeed? Betting against him have so far been a bad decision.

 

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