The German economy in May 2019 – severe cracks

It seems that the silver lining at Germany’s economic sky in March (here) and April (here) were indeed nothing more as the lights of the (recessionary) train advancing fast. Already a superficial review of Germany’s economic data shows some severe cracks in the success story of the last years – although it still stands to question whether an actual downturn is already „around the corner“. Still some indicators (insolvencies, ZEW) are positive:

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The German economy in April 2019 – Recovery! Really?

The silver lining at Germany’s economic sky anticipated in my March monthly (here) got even brighter in April 2019. But, as we will see in the following, the positive development hinges on particular factors, which might not last long. But let’s go through the data in the usual order:

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Morning Briefing – 7. Mai 2019 – USA-Special

„Es wird niemals so viel gelogen,
wie vor der Wahl,
während des Krieges oder
nach der Jagd.“
Otto von Bismarck

Guten Morgen, 

Nachdem die Börsen gestern weltweit ob eines weiteren Tweets von Herrn Trump zu Strafzöllen gegen China zunächst nachgegeben hatten (hier) und das Handelsblatt gleich lamentierte, dass die „Anleger die Risiken zu lange ausgeblendet“ hätten (hier), kehrte die Zuversicht noch am selben Tag zurück. So schloss der DAX, nachdem er zwischenzeitlich 2% im Minus lag, nur mit einem Prozent im Minus, der Dow Jones gar nur mit einem Viertelprozent im Minus (hier).  Zwar hatte der Shanghai Composite gestern tatsächlich viel verloren (-5%), so lag er heute Morgen „nur“ mit 0,77% im Minus (hier) und der Abschwung dieses Indices begann schon vor den Trump-Tweets. Zugeben muss man allerdings, dass der Nikkei auch heute Morgen mit aktuell -1,5% in den Miesen liegt. Vielleicht vollzieht er aber auch nur den gestrigen Abschwung der Börsen noch nach… Insgesamt dürfte der Einfluss der Handelsgespräche auf die Börsenentwicklung demnach überschätzt werden – was nichts darüber aussieht, wenn die USA und China in einen „wirklichen“ Handelskrieg ziehen sollten. Derweil dürfte der Einfluss der Geldpolitik nach wie vor unterschätzt werden – oder zumindest kleingeredet. 

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The German economy in March 2019 – touching (at) base?

While in February, the German economy presented disappointing early indicators (here), March 2019 seemed to confirm the downturn. However, as we will see, between end of March and now mid-April the business climate changed somewhat:

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Morning Briefing 3. April 2019 – PMI // Arbeitslosigkeit // Zuwanderung

Guten Morgen

Noch 9 Tage und der Rest von heute – bis wir dann den Countdown erneut reseten können. Denn, Frau May hätte gerne eine weitere Verlängerung der Austrittsfrist und will jetzt mit der Opposition kooperieren, um doch noch zu einem geregelten („soft“) Brexit zu kommen (hier). Nun ja, schauen wir mal, die letzten Vorstöße der Dame waren ja nicht gerade erfolgreich.

„Morning Briefing 3. April 2019 – PMI // Arbeitslosigkeit // Zuwanderung“ weiterlesen

The German economy in February 2019 – disappointing early indicators

In February 2019, the German economy – if not paralysed (as in the last month, cf. here) – presented disappointing early indicators such as orders and production while other (rather lagging) indicators such as unemployment or corporate insolvencies still show record-low-levels. Let’s look at the development in more detail: 

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The German economy in January 2019 – Paralysis?

Although indications that the German economy ended 2018 in negative territory kept piling up (cf. here for the previous month), the sentiment indicators’s downward path of earlier months accelerate in sync with the industrial production and orders, Destatis just announced that the German economy „only“ stalled in the last quarter of 2018. Let’s look at the development in more detail: 

„The German economy in January 2019 – Paralysis?“ weiterlesen

The German Economy in December 2018 – Recession, anybody?

First of all, I wish all of you a Happy New Year and hope that you had a Merry Christmas with some time to lay back and relax after a year of relentless growth in Germany. The new year, though, does not paint a too glossy picture: Not all figures are in, but it seems that the economy stopped growing at the end of 2018. Also the sentiment-indicators are now facing south in sync and for months in a row and the DAX has reached „bear-territory“ at the end of the year.  „The German Economy in December 2018 – Recession, anybody?“ weiterlesen

The German Economy in November 2018 – not so fast (into the abyss)…

The implicit forecast of my last monthly report, „southbound“ (cf. here) has not really materialised in November. Although leading pundits reduced their forecast for German growth and the DAX did lose another roughly 200 points, exports remain rather strong, jobless-figures are unbelievably low, etc. Hence, also the decline takes some time. But see for yourself:

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The German economy in October 2018 – southbound

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Yep, as predicted in my last monthly report, „(economic) autumn“ (cf. here) has finally arrived in Germany. Amid political tensions after Chancellor Merkel announced her demise as leader of Germany’s conservative party, there is mounting evidence that the German economy has peaked somewhere in the previous months. But let’s have a closer look at the details:  „The German economy in October 2018 – southbound“ weiterlesen