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Investors are focussing on the USA

The United States are currently in the spotlight, given the primary elections for the US presidential election in November. But what does the US economy look like at the moment?

Solid private housebuilding

Real GDP increased marginally in Q4. On the upside, private consumption is strong, supported by moderate employment growth and a slight rise in real wages. In addition, private residential building has seen a solid development.

Decline in exports and investments

On the downside, we have a decline in capital expenditure in the corporate sector, in exports, in inventories, in industrial production, and in productivity growth. Also, the economy has to deal with the heightened level of stress in the financial system, the sharp rise in corporate debt, falling company sales and earnings, the strong US dollar, and the tightening of the lending standards for companies by banks. The weakening of the service sector has just joined that negative list.

Overall, the leading indicators suggest a slight acceleration of economic growth in Q1, and a slight decline in growth in the coming quarters. It is important to point out that economic indicators hardly ever predict recessions.

Source: Thomson Reuters Datastream
Source: Thomson Reuters Datastream

No interest rate increase in the USA

The longer the negative developments last, the more likely the companies are to curb employment growth. This would cause the last areas that are going well, i.e. consumption and housebuilding, to sputter. The markets have started to price in such a tendency. It is important for investors to remember that markets tend to price in recessions more frequently than they actually occur. The US Fed will leave the Fed funds rate unchanged at close to zero percent in the foreseeable future, given the current environment. While this would not lend additional support to the equity market, it would not undermine it either.

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Gerhard Winzer

Gerhard Winzer has worked at Erste Asset Management since March 2008. Up until March 2009, he was Senior Fund Manager in Fixed Income Asset Allocation; he has been Head Economist since April 2009.

He holds a degree from a polytechnical college and studied economics and business at Vienna ...

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