The eurozone: where do we go from here? (Economic Insight)

By Lucy O’Carroll, Chief Economist, Investment Solutions, Aberdeen

Here is a sight you seldom see: the eurozone economy outgrowing both the US and the UK. The first estimate of GDP growth for 2015 Q1 showed the region expanding by 0.4 per cent, compared with 0.1 per cent in the US and 0.3 per cent in the UK. Spain was the star turn, at 0.9 per cent, with France a surprise winner, too, at 0.6 per cent. Germany and Italy put in pretty solid performances, at 0.3 per cent, and even Greece — while once more back in recession — shrank less than expected. It isn’t only in its data that the eurozone has surprised in recent weeks: the region’s bond markets have been exceptionally volatile, with German bunds giving up around five months’ worth of price gains in the space of little more than five days. To what extent, if any, are the two events connected — and what do they tell us about the outlook for eurozone activity and markets?



Are frontier markets the next big growth story?

By Laura Suter and Valentina Romeo The fortunes of emerging markets have been changeable in recent years, so should investors be looking to the newer, more emerging world of frontier markets for their next big growth story? Growth in emerging markets is the slowest it has been for six years, similar to levels seen after […]


Housing supply ‘national emergency’ after eighth monthly drop in instructions

The affordability and availability of homes in the UK is now a “national emergency”, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Experts have called on the Government to make “difficult decisions” to solve the housing supply crisis, as the latest Rics residential survey shows house prices rose in every part of the UK for […]


Claire Trott: The complex reality for pension savers

So we have a new pensions minister in Ros Altmann. I hope she will listen and learn from all the experience she has is in the pensions profession and not try and go it alone making promises she has not considered the implications of. Although she has plenty of experience we need to encourage saving […]


Mark Barnett: Conservative majority good news for UK plc

I noted in this column back in March that, with political uncertainty high on the agenda, vigilance and patience remained two of my key watchwords. I also stated I expected UK stock market volatility to increase as the reality of the general election dawned – and indeed so it proved. After the Conservative party’s surprisingly […]

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