Global Economy Watch (GEW) archive

Why are businesses hoarding cash?

Since the beginning of the financial crisis, businesses in many countries have increased their cash holdings.

[7/10/15]


Fed ready to raise rates – what will be the impact on the US and global economies?

We think the biggest impact of the Fed's monetary policy may be felt outside the US, and in particular, in emerging markets.

[7/10/15]


Global Economy Watch July 2015

Who will top the G7 economic growth league table?

[7/10/15]


North Africa: what you need to know

It’s been almost five years since the beginning of the ‘Arab Spring’ which brought about significant change in North Africa and the wider region.

[6/5/15]


Focus on the UK: election over now what comes next?

Following the outcome of the UK general election,we discuss some of the key political and economic issues and challenges.

[6/5/15]


Global Economy Watch June 2015

Economic update: Eurozone peripheral picking up speed

[6/5/15]


Global Economy Watch May 2015

Economic update: US economy falters in Q1

[5/5/15]


Payback time! Emerging markets and the rising dollar

Emerging markets and the rising dollar.

[5/5/15]


Iran: Wind of change

Since 2012, Iran's access to capital and trade markets has been severely limited on the back of international sanctions. But this could all soon come to an end.

[5/5/15]


Global Economy Watch April 2015

Slowing growth and low inflation but China still has room for manoeuvre

[4/3/15]


What types of jobs have been created in advanced economies?

In advanced economies, the number of part-time jobs has grown as full-time work has dried up.

[4/3/15]


Employment and productivity – GDP growth through a labour market lens

At an aggregate level, there are more jobs in the G7 and E7 now than there were before the crisis, but has labour productivity grown too?

[4/3/15]


Global Economy Watch March 2015

Eurozone GDP data shows a familiar trend, Germany ends 2014 on a high but France and Italy stumble. Spain leads the charge of the peripheral economies.

[3/4/15]


Two triggers and three channels – the numbers behind Greece leaving the Eurozone

We think there are two main triggers which could result in a Greek exit from the Eurozone. We look at how the Greek exit will impact the Eurozone.

[3/4/15]


How might a Greek exit affect the domestic and Eurozone economies?

Greek exit will affect the domestic and Eurozone economies. Leaving the Eurozone could plunge Greece into recession.

[3/4/15]


Cheap oil is good news for some countries, but which sectors will get the biggest boost?

The biggest swing in the oil price since 2008. In which sectors will the lower oil price be felt the most?

[2/9/15]


Global Economy Watch February 2015

Cheap oil, QE and Greece - what does it all mean?

[2/9/15]


Interview with Andreas Riris, PwC Greece Partner

Main issues facing Greek banks and credit to Greek businesses. Greece economic output in the longer term. Restructuring local banks.

[2/9/15]


Global Economy Watch January 2015

Predictions for 2015: Inflation and the Eurozone, falling oil prices and geopolitical risks.

[1/6/15]


Predictions for the UK economy in 2015 from John Hawksworth, Chief UK Economist

Predictions for 2015: UK Economic Growth. On course to be a £2 trillion economy by 2017, the fifth largest in the world.

[1/6/15]


Global Economy Watch December 2014

Recent data releases have shown that both GDP growth and inflation are slowing in China.

[12/8/14]


Scars from financial crisis still visible on Christmas spending

Emerging markets are spending more during the holiday season. For most G7 economies economic output (GDP) is now above pre-crisis levels in real terms.

[12/8/14]


Santanomics: Who spends the most during the festive season?

Christmas spending is a ‘make or break’ event for retailers. In most countries retail sales spike during the last two months of the calendar year.

[12/8/14]


The Eurozone’s reliance on Germany for growth looks shaky

The Eurozone’s reliance on Germany for growth looks shaky, Eurozone growth is stuck in neutral. As a comparison, the US has grown by around 7%.

[11/4/14]


South Korea seeks to empower its female population

PwC’s Women in Work Index gives an overview of the level of economic empowerment of women in OECD countries

[11/4/14]


Global Economy Watch November 2014

Italy’s labour market is struggling but reforms are on the way. Implications if Italy reforms.

[11/4/14]


Where will the top goods trade routes be in 2030?

Where will the top goods trade routes be in 2030? Our analysis of IMF numbers shows that, since 1980, the volume of global trade has increased...

[10/3/14]


Global Economy Watch October 2014

The likely end of QE is the first step in the Fed’s return to normal monetary policy, this will involve raising interest rates...

[10/3/14]


When it comes to giving an early steer on consumer spending trends, our GCI passes the test

Early steer on consumer spending trends, our GCI passes the test. Consumer spending is the biggest component of the global economy and key driver...

[10/3/14]


The stereotype of boring central banks has vanished

Central banks have evolved since the financial crisis they have developed innovative policy responses after the ‘Great Panic’ of 2008.

[9/2/14]


Global Economy Watch September 2014

The unlikely champions: Eurozone periphery grows faster than the core.

[9/2/14]


The outlook is relatively bright for the US with interest rate rises expected later next year

Concerns were raised about the world’s largest economy after a disappointing first quarter in which US GDP shrank by 0.5% over the quarter .

[9/2/14]


Global Economy Watch: August 2014

Investment by households, businesses and governments in the G7 dropped by around 15% in real terms between 2007 and 2009.

[8/4/14]


Which cities hold the key to unleashing growth in Sub-Saharan Africa?

As labour costs in Asia starts to increase and pressure remains to keep prices competitive, CEOs are increasingly recognising the untapped potential.

[8/4/14]


Will the Modi Budget jump start India’s economy?

Measures to improve infrastructure, reform the tax system and allow more foreign investment in the defence and insurance sectors.

[8/4/14]


Global Economy Watch – July 2014

Economic update: US employment figures back to former glory while Germany continues to fly solo

[7/5/14]


ECB action – what does it all mean?

Inflation has been dropping in the Eurozone for some time now. The latest estimate is for Eurozone annual inflation of 0.5% in May, down from 0.7% in April.

[7/5/14]


Growing pains: How fast is too fast for financialisation

One of the most important global economic trends over the past few decades has been the deepening of financial markets, or “financialisation”.

[7/5/14]


Global Economy Watch – June 2014

In the June edition of the Global Economy Watch we focus on Brazil and what hosting the World Cup might mean for its economy. On the pitch, our analysis suggests that Brazil has the best chances of winning the tournament, while England looks set to exit in the quarter finals.

[6/2/14]


Brazil: How can it capitalise off the pitch?

This month’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil will put the spotlight on a BRIC economy that has been going through a tough period since the financial crisis. Many commentators have suggested that this event, and the Olympics in two years’ time, might bring a boost to the economy. But are they right?

[6/2/14]