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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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Banks are in focus this week and ECB could change its forward guidance

The FED is expected to increase the short-term interest rate by 25 basis points this week. If the FED does not raise rates at he March FOMC meeting, it will be a big surprise for many investors. Two things to look for is unemployment and inflation.

The FED is not the only one to have a look at the rates this month. BOJ and ECB is also looking at the rate. All this is headed for an exiting week.

 

 

The U.S unemployment rate fell to 4,7 percent last month which is in line with market expectations. Labor force participation rate increased by 0,1 percentage point to 63 percent, and the number of unemployment persons was almost unchanged at 7,5 million.

Inflation rate is at near 5-year high of 2,5 percent, which is the highest since March of 2012. The inflation rate accelerated for the sixth consecutive month, mainly boosted by gasoline prices. Energy prices jumped 10,8 percent YoY and food prices declined 0,2 percent.

 

 

Watch out for inflation in February 2017 on Wednesday 15 at 12:30 PM. forecast is 2,5%.

Mario Draghi and ECB discussed whether rates can rise before QE ends. A big surprise for many analysts. Why are they doing that? The fact is that they are not satisfied with negative interest rates. This negative rates is squeezing banks’ profit margins because they are not matching the cost, and that will make if difficult for banks to lend to households and companies.

BNP Paribas has predicted the deposit rate will be increased this September, and QE is intended to run until at least the end of 2017. Some people said at least mid-2018. Anyway; analysts will scrutinize the ECB statement on Thursday to look for any changes.

BOJ will have an Interest rate decision on Thursday 16th at 03:00 AM. Forecast is -0,1 percent, which is the same as its January 2017 meeting. In January, policymakers also decided to maintain its 10-years government bond yield target around zero percent.

Economic growth forecast is 1,5 percent for 2017 fiscal year from an earlier projection of a 1,3 percent growth.

Banks are in focus this week and ECB could change its forward guidance.

 

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Very important week

Next week will be exiting. The earnings season is at the end and investors focus now will be on a flood of data coming in. It all starts on monday March 14 were the Bank of Japan will announce its policies.

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda is in a special situation. Just like ECBs Mario Draghi, he talked about his «bazooka» and said he wanted to do whatever it takes to get Japans economy back on track to a stable growth.

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The answer so far is negative interest rate, and they started charging commercial banks 0,1% interest on some reserves last month. That lowered the borrowing cost, but on the other hand, it made some confusion about the effects on Japan`s savers.

Haruhiko Kuroda has been called to parliament for questioning many times and more than any other central bank chief during the same period. Japanese 10-year Government Bonds traded at -0,20% for the first time in history and dropped farther into negative territory.

Negative rate is also seen in Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland. Sweden`s goal is to raise the inflation. The goal in Denmark and Switzerland is to prevent the currency to raise too much.

Negative rates can be the new normal because none of them turn this situation into a strong economic growth. So, What about America?

All eyes will be on Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). The FOMC meeting will kick off on Tuesday 15, and the Fed`s interest rate decision is the highlight on Wednesday 16, with the 2 p.m ET announcement followed by a 2,30 press conference with Fed Chair Janet Yellen.

According to Wall Street Journal`s Jon Hilsenrath who is the mouthpiece of the Fed, the central bank will hold off raising rates this month, but will leave the door open for a hike in April or June this year.

U.S Consumer prices went up 1,4% YoY in January of 2016, and the inflation rate accelerated for the fourth straight month which is very impressive. CPI for February 2016 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday 16.

The European Central Bank (ECB) followed BOJ, and increased QE by 20 billion euros per month on thursday. Not only that. They also lowered interest rates, which is an unexpectedly strong move. The ECB increased its monthly bond buying from 60 to 80 billion euros and drove commercial deposit rates from -0,30% to -0,40% and cut a main refinance rate from 0,05% to 0,00%.

As you may know, many people are very angry. Not only in Europe, but also in America. The middle class is wiped out and businessman Donald Trump knows that. He doesn`t like what he see and want to do something about it; Make America great again.

The battle for the White House continues, and next week`s Ohio and Florida primaries would give Donald Trump the knockout blow necessary to capture the GOP nomination. Anti-Trump groups are spending millions of dollar on TV ads to attack him. Is that enough to stop him? If not, it will be a short way left to the White House.

Very important week.

 

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What`s up with Euro, Dollar and Gold?

Gold is still in a bearish market and the precious metal is declining and hit a 3,5 month low today. At the same time we can see a strong rally in the U.S dollar, hitting a twelve years high. Gold is trading at $1,147,70.

The U.S dollar is soaring and the Euro is plummeting. When the U.S dollar hits a new twelve years high, the Euro hits a twelve-year low. Some analysts are betting that the euro can sink to the same level as the U.S dollar.

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The euro started to fall sharply last summer when the ECB president Mario Draghi laid the groundwork for QE, but the euro has fallen even sharper since the €60 billion-a-month bond-buying programme started on monday this week.

The U.S dollar started the rally at the same time last summer, boosted by strong hints from the Fed that it could start to raise interest rates later this year. EUR/USD is trading at $1,0545 on Wednesday, and that is below $1,06 for the first time since April 2003.

Mario Draghi said cheaper borrowing costs for some eurozone countries suggested that QE – which tends to drive up the value of bonds, and thus depress their yields (which moves in the opposite direction), was already having an effect.

Some analysts have questioned whether the ECB will be able to find sufficient bonds to buy to hit its monthly target. German 10-year bond yields hit a record low of 0,2% on Wednesday. Other Eurozone countries bond yields are also at or near record lows.

The German bond yields at record lows is mainly due to safe-heaven demand from investors, while the other European country bond yields falling is due to the ECB`s plans to buy sovereign bonds as part of its QE of it monetary policy.

A strong dollar is good for the U.S consumers. They can buy cheap things from Europe and Asia, and at the same they have low gas prices. It sounds like party to me. One dollar now buys almost 16 pesos.

The Turkish lira, the Mexican peso, hit an all-time low to the dollar. The Indonesia rupiah hit a 17-year low of 13,1 to the dollar. The Norwegian krone hit a 13-year low and the Brazilian real just hit a 10-year low to the dollar.

The broad Dollar Index (DXY) has now wopped by 23 percent since last summer. That`s the most aggressive rise in more than 34 years! Some of the indicators is more overbought now than at any point in modern history.

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As you can see from the chart in RSI, it is overbought. More than we were at the depths of the 2008 credit crisis. That crises caused an immense flight to safety rally in the buck, along with the biggest rally in U.S Treasury prices ever. DXY`s previous close is 99,68.

The dollar rally is now broadly pressuring emerging markets, hurting commodity prices, and undermining the profits of multinational U.S corporations. As the dollar increase, commodities and emerging markets cry.

The problem is that the dollar rally is getting out of control!

 


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Mario`s Bazooka!

Europe is in trouble and the problem (one of them) is deflation. From December 2013 to December 2014 the inflation was -0,2%. ECB`s goal is like the FED`s; about 2%. The European Central Bank announced today that it will fight against deflation and recession by «printing more money».

Many people don`t know that the Central Banks are not printing money like they use to think; printing paper money. But others say «printing money» to make ordinary people understand what they are talking about.

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Central banks have a tool to control growth and that is lowering or raising the interest rate. When the interest rate is low, people will spend more money which is good for the economy. Spending is also better than saving.

When interest rate is as low as it right now, the central banks need to do something. The tools they use is to «print more money», and that is quantitative easing QE. But does it help the economy? According to Obama in a speech yesterday; it does.

The banks use this money to buy bonds from investors such as pension funds and private investors that will use this «new» money. This again will increase the amount of money in the financial system, which is encouraging financial institutions to lend more to businesses and individuals. The goal is to allow them to invest and spend more and that will hopefully increase the growth.

QE makes the prices of government bonds to go up and reduces the yield paid out to investors, which means investors have to pay more to get the same income. This is why some pension scheme deficits have increased sharply in resent years.

It is Greek elections on Sunday, and ECB bond-buying could support confidence in troubled Euro zone members and prevent any fallout from Greek politics affecting other countries. Some said the Greeks are poised to reject the EU-imposed cost-cutting and vote for Syriza, which rejects the fiscal crackdown. The ECB will buy bonds from Italy and Germany and that will prevent them from selling their bonds if the economic situation in Greece worsens. Draghi said today that they can continue to print money the next 30 years. No one knows that this program will work.

QE was first used by the Bank of Japan (BOJ) to fight domestic deflation. BOJ had for many years claimed that QE is not effective and rejected its use for monetary policy. BOJ hade maintained short-term interest rates at close to zero since 1999.

During their QE, the BOJ flooded commercial banks with excess liquidity to promote private lending, leaving them with large stocks of excess reserves and therefore little risk of a liquidity shortage. The BOJ accomplished this by buying more government bonds than would be required to set the interest rate to zero. It later also bought asset-backet securities and equities and extended the terms of its commercial paper-purchasing operation.

Since the financial crises of 2007-2008, similar policies have been used by the United States, the United Kingdom and the Euro zone. QE was used by these countries because their risk-free short-term nominal interest rate were either at or close to zero.

ECB will start their € 1,1 trillion QE program in march. They will start buying 60bn euros of chiefly government debt each month. That includes rebundled private debt, asset-backet (public and privaate) securities and covered bonds worth about 10 billion euros on top of the roughly 50 billion euros in state bonds.

They will spend (as they signalled in 2009) € 60bn euroes each month until September next year. The Euro dropped down to an 11 year low against the strong dollar. The pair is now trading at $1,14.

Mario Draghi has delivered a bigger bazooka than investors were expecting, and the stock market in Europe, Asia and U.S skyrocketed today. Bull!

By the way; Denmark`s Central Bank followed the ECB today by cutting its main deposit rate again. This time to negative -0,35%. They had already lowered that rate to negative -0,2% from negative -0,05% on Monday this week.

 

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