Friday, January 16, 2015

16/1/2015: Moody's expect Russian GDP growth of -5.5% in 2015

Moody’s Investors Service, expects Russian GDP to post a decline of 5.5 percent in 2015.

The forecast comes via Moody's note on Armenia in which the agency downgraded Armenian debt to Ba3 from Ba2 and cut outlook from stable to negative.

Per Moody's: "The key drivers for the downgrade are the following:

1) Armenia's increased external vulnerability due to declining remittances from Russia, an uncertain outlook for foreign direct investment (FDI), an elevated susceptibility to exchange rate volatility, and expected pressure on foreign exchange (FX) reserves;

2) The country's impaired growth outlook, compounded by negative growth spillovers from Russia, weak investment activity, and constraints on trade with countries outside the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) that are expected from Armenia's recent EEU accession."

Moody's note:

According to Moody's "Remittances represent about 15% of GDP, with over 90% of the total stemming from Russia."

More on the remittances from Russia to other CIS and former USSR states here:

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