Thursday, December 12, 2013

12/12/2013: BlackRock Institute Survey: N. America & W. Europe, December 2013

BlackRock Investment Institute released its latest Economic Cycle Survey for EMEA region was covered here:

Now, on to survey results for North America and Western Europe region:

"This month’s North America and Western Europe Economic Cycle Survey presented a positive outlook on global growth, with a net of 71% of 115 economists expecting the world economy will get stronger over the next year, (6% higher than within the October report)."

Forward outlook:

  • "The consensus of economists project a shift from early cycle to mid-cycle expansionary over the next 6 months."
  • "At the 12 month horizon, the positive theme continued with the consensus expecting all economies spanned by the survey to strengthen except Norway, where we currently have a low participation rate."

Euro area: "The consensus outlook for the Eurozone continued to improve, where the 6 month forward outlook shifted from 87% to 90% expecting the currency-bloc to move to an expansionary phase. Within the bloc, most respondents expect only Greece to remain in a recessionary phase at the 6 month horizon."

North America: "Over the Atlantic, the consensus view is firmly that North America as a whole is in mid-cycle expansion and is to remain so over the next 6 months."

Note Ireland's position: vis-à-vis euro area (weaker) in the first chart and overall (strong) in the second chart.

 Note: Red dot denotes Austria, Canada, Germany, Norway and Switzerland.

Note: these views reflect opinions of survey respondents, not that of the BlackRock Investment Institute. Also note: cover of countries is relatively uneven, with some countries being assessed by a relatively small number of experts.

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