There’s a bubbling controversy over the “secular stagnation” hypothesis that investment levels aren’t only low but more likely to remain low. I’m sure I’ll go back to the disputes over secular stagnation before too much time, but for now, I simply want to lay out some of the evidence documenting the investment slowdown. The sharp contraction in private investment during the crisis, and the subsequent weak recovery, have been a phenomenon of the advanced economies primarily. For these economies, private investment has declined by an average of 25 percent because the crisis compared with precrisis forecasts, and there has been little recovery.
In contrast, private investment in emerging market and developing economies has gradually slowed in recent years, following a growth in the first two mid-2000s. The investment slump in the advanced economies has been wide based. Though the contraction has been sharpest in the private residential (casing) sector, nonresidential (business) investment-which is a much larger talk about of total investment-accounts for the majority (more than two-thirds) of the slump.
The overall weakness in economic activity since the crisis appears to be the primary restraint on business investment in the advanced economies. In surveys, businesses cite low demand as the dominating factor often. Historical precedent indicates that business investment has deviated little, if, from what could be expected given the weakness in economic activity lately.
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Although the proximate cause of lower company investment appears to be weak economic activity, this itself is due to many factors. Beyond vulnerable economic activity, there is some evidence that financial constraints and policy uncertainty play an unbiased role in retarding investment in a few economies, including euro area economies with high borrowing spreads during the 2010-11 sovereign debts crisis. Additional proof comes from the chapter’s firm-level evaluation.
In particular, companies in industries that rely more on external funds, such as pharmaceuticals, have observed a larger fall in investment than other companies since the turmoil. This finding is constant with the view that a weak economic climate and weak solid balance sheets have constrained investment. I’ll just add a couple of numbers that captured my vision. Here’s the breakdown on how much investment levels have dropped below the previous tendencies within the last six years across advanced economies.
I certainly believe the U.S. January 4 – Bloomberg (Rizal Tupaz): “Investors taken the most money out of investment-grade bond funds in three years the other day amid the ongoing turmoil in credit markets. 4.5 billion for the weekly reporting period ending Jan. 2, the biggest outflow since December 2015, regarding Lipper.
That signifies the sixth direct retreat by traders. Week at 2 Three-month Treasury costs rates ended the.36%. Two-year government yields declined two up to 2.49% (up 53bps-y-o-y). Greek 10-season produces gained four bps to 4.39% (up 66bps-y-o-y). Japan’s Nikkei 225 equities index dropped 2.3% (down 2.3% y-t-d). Japanese 10-yr “JGB” yields dropped four up to negative 0.04% (down 10bps y-o-y).
France’s CAC40 gained 1.2% (up 0.1% y-t-d). The German DAX equities index retrieved 2.0% (up 2.0%). Spain’s IBEX 35 equities index jumped 2.9% (up 2.3%). Italy’s FTSE MIB index increased 2.8% (up 2.8%). EM equities were mixed. 628 million (from Lipper). Freddie Mac 30-year fixed home loan rates fell four is for an eight-month low 4.51% (up 56bps-y-o-y).