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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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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Morning Briefing 12. März 2019 – Konjunktur // Unternehmen // Arbeitslosigkeit

Guten Morgen, 

Noch 17 Tage und der Rest von heute – bis zum Brexit (hier geht’s zur Brexit-Uhr) und in der Nacht gab es scheinbar ein „Durchbrüchchen“. Die EU hat den gefürchteten „Backstop“ (mehr dazu hier) zu Gunsten der Position der Briten (etwas) entschärft (hier). Ob das reicht, wird sich bei der erneuten Abstimmung des „Deals“ heute Abend im britischen Parlament erweisen.

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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: 

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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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Morning Briefing – 23. November 2018 – Börsen // Margin Call // Junk Bonds

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Guten Morgen,

Nun warnt auch Paul Tudor vor einer Finanzkrise (hier und hier). Der hat zwar das Platzen der Dotcom-Blase vorhergesehen, aber vom Timing her etwas spät dran, diesmal. Denn die Blasen platzen nun schon seit Oktober. Jetzt noch als Prophet aufzutreten ist da nicht so besonders originell.

Origineller sind da schon die nachfolgenden Darstellungen, die Hintergründe und potentielle Konsequenzen der gegenwärtigen Abwärtsentwicklung aufzeigen. Empfehle ich ausdrücklich als Wochenend-Lektüre, denn ich glaube, dass die Börsen und die Wirtschaft diesen Konsequenzen bereits jetzt nicht mehr entkommen kann, selbst wenn die Fed die Zinserhöhungen stoppen würde. Aktuelle Margin Calls für aktienbesicherte Kredite und die drohende oder bevorstehende Herabstufung von Unternehmensanleihen in den Junk-Bereich haben das Zeug, den aktuellen Abwärtstrend zu beschleunigen.  „Morning Briefing – 23. November 2018 – Börsen // Margin Call // Junk Bonds“ weiterlesen

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

The German economy in September 2018 – the start of (economic) autumn?

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Well, the German economy is currently doing well, when you look at the figures for exports, unemployment or industrial orders. However, from the perspective of inflation or industrial production it does not look to great. The outlook for the foreseeable future, however, seems to be rather measly, if you agree with our government. Hence, after a not-so-clear August (here), the September might prove to be the start of an economic autumn, as the following figures show:  „The German economy in September 2018 – the start of (economic) autumn?“ weiterlesen

The German economy in June 2018 – mixed picture

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The „cracks“ in the German economy described in May seem to widen in some areas, but to heal in others. Hence, a crash is at least not imminent from the early warning indicators, June rather presents a mixed picture: „The German economy in June 2018 – mixed picture“ weiterlesen