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Financial Wealth Effects in G3 Economies

U.S. households hold close to half of their financial assets in equities compared to around one-fifth in the Euro Area and less than one-tenth in Japa

Qatar: Continued Robust Nonhydrocarbon Growth

In 2012, Qatar ended a six-year period in which real GDP growth was in double digits. LNG production has capped out at capacity, inducing stagnation i

China: Economic Growth and Liquidity

Growing market fears that slowing economic growth amidst abundant liquidity presents a threat to financial stability and risks triggering a hard landi

China: Private Equity Boom Fades

The economic slowdown, restrictions on IPOs and tougher regulations have curbed private equity activity. While the recent downswing will run its cours

Kuwait: Hydrocarbons Generate Record Surpluses

Kuwait continues to generate record fiscal and current account surpluses, driven by the hydrocarbon sector. This in turn has led to larger increases i

India: Policy Moves Augment Capital Inflows

Investor-friendly measures and greater global appetite have precipitated a surge in foreign purchases of domestic stocks and bonds. The economy will b

Mexico: Groundbreaking Energy Sector Reforms

Following decades of an energy sector controlled by the state, we remain confident that the Peña Nieto administration will be able to secure politica

Korea: The Reluctant Rate Cut

Slow growth, low inflation and weak external demand finally prompted the central bank to cut the policy rate after a seven-month hiatus. The latest mo

Brazil: Waiting for the Animal Spirits

A low ratio of investment to GDP is weighing on trend growth. Despite lower interest rates, investors remain in a cautious, wait-and-see mode amid hei

Algeria: Modest Fiscal Consolidation to Start in 2013

The fiscal breakeven oil price increased further to $130/b in 2012, driven by a decline in hydrocarbon output and a large increase in public spending.


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