Publications

Monitoring economic and financial developments in more than 40 countries helps us to develop rich narratives around the outlook for global and regional activity, employment and inflation. We release our research publications when we have something to say, not because it is the third Friday of the month. We aim to be provocative and insightful in our research, unafraid to challenge the mainstream view where we think it is lacking.

Latest Publications

Our most recent publications are summarised below. To access our full publications or to browse through our publication catalogue, please contact us by info@economicperspectives.co.uk

Global Credit Perspective


The devil is in de-tail (May 2019)

The quiescence of the US Fed has emboldened many investors to downgrade their assessment of credit risk. We recommend otherwise. Global profits have entered a bear market that will expose credit risk on an unexpected scale. Watch credit spreads and flows into credit funds for a timely commentary on the re-pricing of corporate credit.

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Global Inflation Perspective


US inflation risks are to the upside (July 2019)

Asian goods exporters appear to have taken a significant hit to their profitability over the past few months as a response to the impact of punitive tariffs. Accordingly, North American and European consumers have been shielded from their effects. Meanwhile service sector inflation continues to creep higher in most regions and contexts.

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Market Focus

Looting the candy store (July/August 2019)


Time was, that the US financial markets sought to persuade the US Fed of a necessary adjustment
to its policy stance. And, once upon a time, the US president would whisper his preferences in private
meetings with the Fed chair. Today, we have megaphone diplomacy by the president and
intimidation by Wall Street.

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GDP Heatmaps

July 2019

Nominal GDP decelerated in Q1, but not as violently as many had supposed. Profits bore the brunt of the slowdown, while employment income growth held firm. The deflation of traded goods prices took its heaviest toll in China. Remarkably, the annual pace of real growth gave no ground in Q1, bolstered by improvements in US, Japan and UK.

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Global Inflation Heat Maps

July/August 2019


June inflation data did little to corroborate the disinflationary story which is uppermost in
many investors’ minds. Core inflation is higher across the board and food inflation is strong.
Energy prices, and their secondary effects in the transport sector, remain the laggards, but
the downward bias from base effects will not last much longer.

 
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Global Credit Update

 
Global credit trends are mixed, but still positive (October 2018)

The recent steepening of government yield curves suggests that the nominal economic growth environment is robust. Real private debt growth in emerging markets has risen to 6 per cent, concentrated in bank loans. Advanced economies have sustained a steady 2 per cent real debt growth, despite a slowdown in bank lending. Credit spreads remain tight. 

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Global Inflation Update


Concentrating on the Core (December 2018)

After a long period of stability global core CPI inflation is shifting higher, mirroring the acceleration of the global wage bill and the stronger pattern in DM producer price inflation. Emerging market inflation has rebounded in recent months, led by China, Argentina and Turkey. Inflation trends are diverging from activity trends.

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