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The Japanese economy shrank -7,8 percent in Q2 and that is the steepest decline ever

The Japanese economy shrank -7,8 percent in Q2 and that is the steepest decline ever. This was the third straight quarter of contraction which means Japan is in a deep recession amid the severe impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Private consumption fell -8,2 percent vs -0,8 percent in Q1. Exports plummet -18,5 percent which is the most since Q1 2009. The economy collapsed 27,8 percent in the June quarter, and that is the deepest on record.

Japan was the tech darling in the 80`s. Their consumer electronics industry was once considered the strongest in the world. But now the tech giant is in a state of decline as consumption arises in countries like China, the United States, and South Korea.

However, video gaming in Japan remains a major industry. Japan became a major exporter of video games during the golden age of arcade video games, an era that began with the release of Taito`s Space Invaders in 1978 and ended around the mid-1980s.

Japan dominated the industry until Microsoft`s Xbox consoles began challenging Sony and Nintendo in the 2000s. That being said; Japan is now the world`s largest market for mobile games.

Japan`s strong economic growth ended with a big crash in the late ’80s and early ’90s. In the late 1980s, abnormalities within the Japanese economic system had fueled a speculative asset price bubble of a massive scale.

The bubble was caused by the excessive loan growth mechanism known as the «window guidance». As economist Paul Krugman explained; «Japan`s banks lent more, with less regard for quality of the borrower, than anyonw else`s. In doing so they helped inflate the bubble economy to grotesque proportions.»

Trying to deflate speculation and keep inflation in check, the Bank of Japan sharply raised inter-bank lending rates in late 1989. This sharp policy caused the bursting of the bubble and the Japanese stock market crashed.

Equity and asset prices fell, leaving overly leveraged Japanese banks and insurance companies with books full of bad debt. The financial institutions were bailed out through capital infusions from the government, loans and cheap credit from the central bank, and the ability to postpone the recognition of losses, ultimately turning them into zombie banks.

The Japanese asset price bubble was an economic bubble in Japan from 1986 to 1991 in which real estate and stock market prices were greatly inflated. In early 1992, this price bubble burst and Japan`s economy stagnated.

The bubble was characterized by the rapid acceleration of asset prices and overheated economic activity, as well as uncontrolled money supply and credit expansion. More specifically, over-confidence and speculation regarding asset and stock prices were closely associated with excessive monetary easing policy at the time.

As a result of all this mess, Japan started to «print money» like never before, and now Japan recorded a government debt equivalent to 236,60 percent of the country`s GDP in 2019. Someone has to pay for this, but who? The people of course.

The Personal Income Tax Rate in Japan stands at 55,95 percent, which means more than half of the people`s hard-earned money goes to the Government in Japan. On top of that; their interest rate is negative at -0,1 percent which means people have to pay money to the bank and not otherwise if they have money stored in the bank account.

Policymakers noted that the outlook for economic activity and prices are extremely unclear, depending on the consequences of the virus and the magnitude of their impacts on domestic and overseas economics.

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The Eurozone has entered a steep recession and face the biggest drop in GDP on record in Q2

It is now confirmed. The Eurozone saw the biggest drop in GDP on record in Q2. The Eurozone economy dropped 12,1 percent in the three months to June 2020. But this is not as bad as the UK, which is the worst country in Europe.

COVID-19 hit the economy hard in Europe. The invisible enemy also hit the demand for services and goods. As you can see from the chart below, the Eurozone has entered a steep recession and a new wave of viruses can push the Eurozone into depression.

Poland`s GDP deopped 8,2 percent YoY in Q2 of 2020, and that is the biggest decline on record. The Dutch economy shrank 8,5 percent on quarter in the three months to June 2020, and that is the biggest pace of contraction since comparable records began in 1988.

The United States started a New World Order right after World War II, but that system is now broken. Donald Trump is making new trade deals and Brexit makes the UK Boris Johnson to do the same. They are rebuilding the system.

Looking at the growth around the world is funny. Singapore is suffering with a drop of 42,9 percent in GDP QoQ 2020. Next on the list is the US; down 32,90 percent.

But here is the funny thing; before the UK which is down 20,40 percent, communist country Venezuela`s growth dropped 23,70 percent. So, Venezuela is in the middle of the United States and the United Kingdom.

On the other end, China`s growth QoQ is up 11,50 percent, followed by Bangladesh (8,20%), Vietnam (6,88%) and Pakistan (5,79%).

The coronavirus is a threat, but a wave of corporate bankruptcies is a much bigger threat. The world is sitting on a bankruptcy time bomb.

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The UK GDP plummeted 20,4 percent in Q2 of 2020, and that drop is the biggest since the records began in 1955

The growth in the UK has been almost flat for a very long time, but an invisible enemy called COVID-19 made it worse for the UK. The UK GDP plummeted 20,4 percent in Q2 of 2020, and that drop is the biggest since the records began in 1955.

The drop means that the UK, like the US, is officially in a recession. People were told to stay at home and that is expensive. Private consumption accounted for more than 70 percent of the decline in the GDP in the UK, and that is down by 23,1 percent. Fixed capital formation also plummeted -25,5 percent.

At the same time, there is good news from the UK. Industrial production skyrocketed 9,3 percent month-over-month in June 2020. That is the biggest jump in industrial output since March 1972. The jump came after the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

More good news; manufacturing grew 11 percent, and that is the largest increase since records began in January 1968.

The unemployment rate in the UK came in yesterday, and it stood at 3,9 percent in Q2 of 2020. The unemployment rate is unchanged from the previous three-month period and below market ecpectations of 4,2 percent, as many people gave up looking for a job and who were therefore not considered to be unemployed.

Approximately 7,5 million workers were away from work in the UK in June with over 3 million of these being away for three months or more.

The UK is in a recession and hard times are here to stay for a while. I will not be surpriced if the unemployment rate rice in the future.

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The Euro area “is facing an economic contraction of a magnitude and speed that are unprecedented in peacetime”

Europe is in trouble. The growth is plummeting. The Euro area «is facing an economic contraction of a magnitude and speed that are unprecedented in peacetime», the ECB president Christine Lagarde said on a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany earlier today.

The Eurozone economy shrank by 3,8 percent on quarter in Q1, and that was the steepest contraction since comparable records began in 1995 as a coronavirus lockdown from mid-March forced businesses to close and consumers to stay at home.

And this is just the beginning. Ms Lagarde suggested euro area GDP could fall by between 5 and 12 percent this year. I repeat: 12 percent!

Not only the euro area came out with the GDP news today. France came out with their bad news today. The French economy shrank 5,8 percent on quarter in the three months to March 2020. And you know what; they are entering a technical recession. I repeat; recession!

This is ugly. This is the steepest decline in GDP on record, as the Covid-19 outbreaks stopped the economy. Household consuption plummeted -6,1 percent, led by falls in spending on both goods and service, fixed investment; -11,8 percent. Foreign demand contributed negatively as both exports and imports fell.

Italy is also in a technical recession. Italy`s GDP shrank 4,7 percent on quarter in the three months to March of 2020. It was the steepest contraction since comparable records began in 1995, as the country was severely hurt by the coronavirus pandemic during March.

The domestic and external demand contributed negatively to the GDP in Italy.

Spain is in the same club. Their economy shrank 5,2 percent on quarter in the first three months of 2020. That is the steepest contraction since the series began in 1995, as the Covid-19 pandemic forced the government to impose lockdown measures in mid-March.

Years of economic growth is wiped out at a pace never seen before. Not only in Europe but also in the United States. The unemployment rate go straight up and the personal spending go straight down.

Personal spending in the US dropped 7,5 percent month-over-month in March 2020, and that was the largest decline in personal spending on record, as the coronavirus crisis hit households’ demand.

Within services, the leading contributor to the decrease was spending on health care.

What`s interesting to see is that France has the highest personal income tax rate in Europe, which is 45 percent. At the same time they have a very high unemployment rate; 8,1 percent. Not only that; their Dept to GDP is 98,10 percent.

Unemployment rate in Italy is 8,4. Personal income tax rate is 43 percent. Both very similar to France, but Italy`s Debt to GDP is 134,8 percent.

Government Debt to GDP in Spain is 95,5 percent with an unemployment rate of 14,41 percent. Personal income tax rate is similar to France and Italy; 45 percent.

France, Italy and Spain has also a lot of problems with the coronavirus. They are all on top of the debt burden list, but they are also on top when it comes to covid-19.

It seems like it is a correlation between debt, high unemployment rate, personal tax income and coronavirus deaths. In comparison; the US debt to GDP is 107 percent as of December 2019. Experts say it will be worse.

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The Chinese economy shrank 6,8 percent YoY in the first quarter of 2020 which is the first GDP contraction since records began in 1992

We are all in it toghether and the times we are living in right now is historic. Just take a look at China and the Chinese economy that shrank 6,8 percent YoY in the first quarter of 2020. What a drop! This is the first GDP contraction since records began in 1992. Wow.

The reason for the drop is well known; COVID-19. No doubt. Xi and the CCP took action after the virus outbreak and enforced a two-month-long shutdown of all non-essential business activity. Nor did they celebrate a new year, and a shutdown like this is of course very expensive.

Car production in China recorded the sharpest decline which dropped -44 percent. That is a big shock. Last year, approximately 21,36 million passenger cars and 4,36 million commercial vehicles had been produced in China.

The growth for passenger cars has jumped from 7 million in 2008 (financial crisis) to 25 million in 2017. In 2018, every fourth passenger vehicle in the world had been produced in China, and China is ranked first among countries with the largest production of passenger cars in 2018.

As you can see, the growth of the production and sale of vehicles in China have increased rapidly. Its interesting to see that almost all of the leading bestselling cars in China are the product of joint ventres with foreign manufacturers.

Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) has an ongoing cooperation with General Motors (GM). SAIC-GM manufactures and sells Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac brand automobiles in Mainland China. When the sales drop in China, so it does in the U.S.

Export from China also dropped 6,6 percent YoY to $185 billion in March 2020, compared with marked estimates of a 14 percent fall and after a 17 percent plunge in January-February combined amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the the biggest trade partners, exports fell to the U.S by -20,8 percent. Considering the first quarter of 2020, exports declined 13,3 percent from a year earlier.

However, China`s long term growth potential will not be affected by the short term fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, as the country`s economic fundamentals remain unchanged, the authorities said.

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