European euphoria: markets rely on Draghi and on a ‘new’ Merkel to start growing again

Por el 25 de April del 2013

El Confidencial on Thursday said in an article that “more than 14 months has taken the Spanish risk premium  to discover that there is life below 300 basis points.” On Tuesday, the Spanish differential closed at 301 points and now is even below that level in the middle of an input stream of money into Spain.

According to experts, the more symptoms of distress European economy shows, the better, because that will lead the European Central Bank (ECB) to act immediately. Investors expect  next Thursday May 2 the ECB will announce a rate cut from the current 0.75% to 0.5% and propose a plan designed to stimulate lending to SMEs in the Eurozone.

A change in the German position against the austerity policies is another key aspect in this differential decline. The eternal expectation that Angela Merkel finally soften its demands in economic matters in much of Europe reappears on the horizon. Incoming macroeconomic data give good faith of an undergoing weak European economy, and Germany does not escape this trend. Daniel Pingarrón believes “there is a general feeling in the economic debate that an anti-austerity trend begins to take over and is expected within months to nuance the European austerity policies and to increase stimulus measures. ”

The latest data released by the statistics office, Eurostat, also blows in favour of a relaxation of the differential. The publication of the final 2012 deficit data (10.6% of GDP) paves the way for the Commission to decide whether to soften the target of 4.5% for this year and also if to give a two-year term to approach 3 %. Brussels believe that Spain has fulfilled the commitment of structural fiscal adjustment and it seems that the financial vice-president Olli Rehn, will not request the Spanish Government to implement further cuts in 2013. The Spanish Executive is confident that this extension will be granted for two years, until 2016, although Europe has already announced that this will be subject to the viability of the stability plan to be approved by the Government on Friday, April 26.

Entrepreneurs, surprised by the good image of Spain abroad

Por el 23 de April del 2013

La Vanguardia in its edition dated Tuesday 23th April, reports that Spanish entrepreneurs have been pleasantly surprised by the good image of Spain abroad, that has little to do with the pessimism that is perceived in Spain on the evolution of the economy and the consequences of the adjustments. This is one of the main conclusions made ​​yesterday by the Business Council of Competitiveness (CEC) which reflects the favourable reception that is taking the roadshow to explain the progress of the Spanish economy to the main financial markets.

This tour is now in its equator. Today José Manuel Campa will be in Brussels, and will continue in the coming days in Latin America. As explained by Fernando Casado to La Vanguardia, “we have detected more receptiveness than expected on the evolution of the Spanish economy, lower production costs and changing economic model”. He was satisfied that there are positive aspects of the economy contained in the presentation that were not known by the analysts.

En 2012, Catalonia received 47 projects of foreign investment, 37% more than in 2011.

Por el 22 de April del 2013

The projects have enabled the creation of 2,324 jobs and the keeping of 2,566 jobs , according to the Department of Enterprise and Employment.

 

Barcelona (ACN). – The Catalan economy has attracted 47 foreign investment projects amounting to 331.88 million in 2012 through Invest in Catalonia, the agency of the Department of Enterprise  and Employment. The figure represents a growth of 37% of the investment volume compared to the previous year and led to the creation of 2,324 jobs and the maintenance of another 2,566 jobs. The Minister for Enterprise and Employment, Felip Puig, said on Monday that these were “very positive” data.

 

This news shows the growing interest of foreign capital to invest in Spain.

Lagarde: “Spain can grow in 2014 if no further adjustments are forced.”

Por el 19 de April del 2013

As reported by Gemma Martínez, Special Envoy in Washington, IMF managing director, in an extensive interview that you can read in the newspaper Expansion and in Orbyt, said “Spain can grow in 2014 if no further adjustments are forced.”

 

The head of this international organization, in the first interview she has given to a Spanish media since coming to office in 2011, warns that although she does not believe in deficit targets, maintains that Spain still has challenges to address.

Among other issues warns that “the Spanish government really have to question whether enough has been done with these reforms,” ​​and, in the case of Bankia, would have been “better clean up seven saving banks than a mega bank”. It also leads to self-criticism: “The IMF did not forecast or anticipate the brutality of the financial crisis.”

As for growth, believes that Spain could return to this path in 2014, “unless the country is forced to adopt tough fiscal consolidation measures. Anyway, certainly she does predict that there will be growth in 2015,” said Lagarde. She believes that “there is no objective reason to rush to make a drastic reduction of the deficit.” The IMF forecasts that the Spanish economy will shrink by 1.6% this year and  will rebound by 0.7% in 2014.

Perhaps is now the moment to increase the number of mergers and acquisitions in Spain?