Friday, January 17, 2014

17/1/2014: BlackRock Institute Survey: EMEA, January

BlackRock Investment Institute released its latest Economic Cycle Survey for EMEA region. Emphasis is mine.

"With caveat on the depth of country-level responses, which can differ widely, this month’s EMEA Economic Cycle Survey presented a bullish outlook for the region."

The consensus of respondents describe Slovenia, Croatia, Egypt and, the Ukraine to be in a recessionary state and expected to remain so over the next 6 months except for Croatia, where there is an even split between expansion and contraction.

Note: Red dot represents Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Romania, Israel, Poland and Slovakia

At the 12 month horizon, the positive theme continues with the consensus expecting all EMEA countries to strengthen with the exception of Turkey. So Russia is improving 6mo forward improvement in outlook on current phase (see above chart), but Ukraine is expected to remain in a late cycle recession. Out at 12mo horizon, Ukraine is still expected to underperform Russia.

Note Slovenia's performance expectations. It is worth noting that the IMF is releasing Slovenia's economy's assessment, so it would be interesting to take a comparative look at the Fund expectations.

Globally, respondents to the EMEA survey "remain positive on the global growth cycle with a net 82% of 61 respondents expecting a strengthening world economy over the next 12 months – an 8% increase from the net 75% figure last month. The consensus of economists project mid-cycle expansion over the next 6 months for the global economy."

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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