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Below is a list of our Eurozone Publications for the last 6 months. If you are looking for reports older than 6 months please email info@pantheonmacro.com, or contact your account rep

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2 Nov 2022 Eurozone Monitor EZ Governments are Low-balling their 2023 Budget Forecasts

  • The EZ budget deficit fell in Q2; we think it will widen to year-end, but are revising down our 2022 forecast.
  • Fiscal plans for 2023, and slower nominal growth, point to a deficit of 3.5% next year, as in 2022.
  • Interest costs are rising, as government bond yields creep higher, but the debt ratio will still fall.

Melanie Debono (Senior Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

24 Oct 2022 Eurozone Monitor Italy's New Government Faces a Balancing Act on its Budget

  • The new Italian government needs to be careful if it wants to avoid a U.K.-style market meltdown.
  • The SNB has been intervening in FX markets again; we doubt it wants CHF 0.95 per euro forever.
  • The EU agrees to disagree on a joint response to the energy crisis, as Germany draws more criticism. 

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

22 Sept 2022 Eurozone Monitor The Centre-Right Looks Set to Win in Italy; Big Challenges Await

  • Polls point to a right-wing coalition leading Italy soon; the economy is still headed for recession.
  • Deep-rooted issues need to be tackled to ensure a growth profile that keeps public debt sustainable.
  • BTP yields will rise until the new PM starts work, but will fall next year as political uncertainty abates.

Melanie Debono (Senior Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

15 Sept 2022 Eurozone Monitor Europe Faces Difficult Trade-Offs on Energy as Winter Approaches

  • The EU proposes further windfall taxes and energy saving to get through winter.
  • Brussels is also mulling big reforms of electricity markets, but likely after Christmas.
  • Delinking gas and electricity prices in the EU would risk outright supply shortages during peak demand.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

13 Sept 2022 Eurozone Monitor The ECB is Playing a Risky Game, but it has no Choice

  • No one knows how the EZ economy will respond to a 250-to-300bp increase in interest rates.
  • But the ECB is not necessarily making a policy mistake; the surge in inflation can’t be ignored.
  • Sustained fiscal stimulus and a resilient labour market offer hope that the ECB will get away with it.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

9 Sept 2022 Eurozone Monitor The ECB is Taking no Prisoners; We see Another 75bp in October

  • The ECB goes big with a 75bp rate hike, and we are inclined to look for another 75bp in October.
  • We think the ECB wants to get its main policy rates to 2-to-2.5%, between now and Q1 next year.
  • The ECB now sees the EZ economy stalling in H2-22, but rates will continue to increase.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

8 Sept 2022 Eurozone Monitor EZ GDP Growth Comfortably Beat Expectations in H1-2022

  • The EZ economy grew by 1.0pp more than the ECB expected in H1, supporting a 75bp hike today.
  • Consumers’ spending rose strongly in Q2, even as real wages fell; that won’t be repeated in H2.
  • Inventories and net trade will be a drag on growth in H2, helping to push the EZ economy into recession.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

EZ Datanote: Detailed GDP, Eurozone, Q2 2022

In one line: Solid across the board, which should tip the ECB towards 75bp this week.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

EZ Datanote: GDP, Switzerland, Q2 2022

In one line: The SNB will continue its hiking cycle, despite slowing GDP growth.

Melanie Debono (Senior Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

6 Sept 2022 Eurozone Monitor The End of Russian Gas Flows is Pushing the EZ into Recession

  • The surge in gas prices adds to our conviction that inflation will remain high, despite a hit to EZ activity.
  • A probable EZ recession is weighing heavily on the outlook for Switzerland’s economy in H2.
  • EZ investor sentiment tumbled in September; it will sour further as the ECB continues to hike.

Melanie Debono (Senior Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

30 Aug 2022 Eurozone Monitor The Surge in Gas Prices Piles More Pressure on the ECB

Soft money data rounded up a week of gloomy leading indicators for EZ GDP last week.
ISTAT data lend support to our view that Italy, along with Germany, is leading the EZ downturn in H2.
The sour data spooked some ECB members, but the ECB is not about to turn dovish.

Melanie Debono (Senior Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

EZ Datanote: Detailed GDP, Germany, Q2

In one line: The tiny upward revision is nothing to write home about. 

Melanie Debono (Senior Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

26 Aug 2022 Eurozone Monitor Q2 is the Best it's Going to Get for Germany this Year

German GDP grew by 0.1% in Q2, finally returning to its pre-virus, Q4 2019, level.

But the tiny expansion is now old news; survey data imply GDP in the EZ’s largest economy is now falling.

France’s economy will avoid a recession, we think, but risks here are also skewed to the downside.

Melanie Debono (Senior Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

25 Aug 2022 Eurozone Monitor One Month to go: A Right-Wing Coalition in Italy Seems a Safe Bet

With one month to go, polls point to a right-wing coalition government in Italy from next month.

The BTP yield has risen more than other government yields; we think it will rise to 4.0% by end-Q3.

We doubt the small rise in EZ consumer confidence in August is the start of a sustained rebound.

Melanie Debono (Senior Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

23 Aug 2022 Eurozone Monitor Windfall Taxes are a Risk to the Profit Outlook of EZ Banks

Higher inflation for longer will lead to higher interest rates, which will support banks’ interest margins.

This implies higher profits, which makes bank equities attractive right now.

But risks to the profit outlook remain in the form of windfall taxes and falling demand for loans.

Melanie Debono (Senior Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

19 Aug 2022 Eurozone Monitor Ms. Schnabel Sends a Clear Signal of a 50bp Hike in September

Eurozone inflation hit a new record in July, and it will rise to more than 9% by September.

Ms. Schnabel all but confirms that the ECB will hike its deposit and refi rates by 50bp in September.

Construction in the EZ is rolling over after a strong start to the year; more weakness is likely in Q3.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

12 Aug 2022 EZ Monitor The ECB will Flexibly Reinvest PEPP Redemptions through H2

We think the ECB will continue to buy peripheral bonds using redemptions from core countries...

...This should, we think, mean that the TPI can remain in the shadows this year.

We still believe the ECB will hike by 100bp more this year; the bund 2s10s will invert in Q1-23.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

11 Aug 2022 EZ Monitor Core Inflation in the EZ will Remain "Undesirably High" for a While

We now see core HICP inflation in Germany rising to just over 4% by September.

Core inflation in Italy is still rising; we see the HICP rate climbing to 4.5% in the next few months.

If yesterday’s softer U.S. CPI data is the start of a trend, EURUSD likely won’t hit parity by September.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

10 Aug 2022 EZ Monitor What Does Record-High Inflation Mean for the EZ Economic Data

The EZ GDP deflators are going haywire; keep an eye on the difference between real and nominal growth.

Soaring import prices mean that the GDP deflator is rising by less than the deflator for domestic demand.

Our forecasts imply a peak in the GDP deflator in Q3, but growth will remain above average through 2024.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

9 Aug 2022 EZ Monitor Are the Largest EZ Economies Already Rationing Energy

We now think it’s likely that the EU manages to fill its gas storage levels to the target 80% by November.

Storage will be drained more this winter than in the past, given lower flows, even assuming no cold snap.

This is despite rationing, which we doubt can be avoided, and will push the EZ into recession by Q4.

Melanie Debono (Senior Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

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