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Janet Mui: weekly economic update

China and the US agree in principle to remove tariffs, sparking a wide rally in equities. In the UK, the Bank of England has held its key interest rate unchanged – while indicating a readiness to cut.

08/11/2019

Janet Mui

Janet Mui

Global Economist

US-China trade development

  • China and the US have agreed to roll back existing tariffs as they work toward a deal, according to reports on Thursday. Markets rallied in response.
  • If this step results in the release of pent-up investment that has been hold back by trade uncertainty, we think the global economy will stabilise instead of further slowing down.

German industrial production

  • German industrial production continued to contract in September on a year-on-year basis.
  • There may be some evidence that the worst is over: the latest German factory orders are starting to improve.
  • Positive developments in USChina trade would help the German economy stabilise.

Bank of England meeting

  • Policy remained unchanged at the Bank's November meeting, as an upcoming general election and Brexit extension added more uncertainty for policymakers.
  • Two members of the Monetary Policy Committee unexpectedly voted to cut rates by 25 basis points, citing Brexit and global risk as the rationale.
  • If global growth fails to stabilise this could prompt policy easing, thre Bank indicated.

 

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