In New York, the mood turned on Wednesday and the stock indices continued their recovery. The Dow Jones Industrial gained +0.86% to 35'768.06 points on the previous day. Even stronger gains were posted by the broad S&P 500 (+1.46%) and the tech indices on the Nasdaq (+2.1%).
In addition to the ongoing corporate reporting season, the focus today is particularly on consumer price data from the United States. In December, the US inflation rate reached +7% and analysts expect a further increase to +7.3%. Also, in the core rate, i.e. excluding energy prices, inflation is likely to rise further from +5.5% in December to just under +6%.
Joachim Nagel, President of the Bundesbank since the beginning of the year, expects inflationary pressure in Germany to continue throughout the year, with an annual average inflation rate of well over four percent. In 2021, the inflation rate was +3.1%. If the picture does not change by March, the European Central Bank (ECB) will have to react quickly to the high inflation, the Bundesbank chief urged. Experience showed that the economic costs are significantly higher if monetary policy reacts too late. Nagel's comments reinforce the expectation that the ECB will follow the Federal Reserve and initiate the interest rate turnaround later this year.
Germany exported more again last year than before the corona crisis. Exports rose +14% year-on-year to EUR 1,375.5 billion, +3.6% above the 2019 level. Germany exported the most to the US, China, and France in 2021. Imports increased by +17.1% to EUR 1,202.2 billion last year, also exceeding the 2019 level, with most imports coming from China. In the corona year 2020, German exports still slumped by around -9% and imports fell by -7%.
According to a recent study by “The Economist”, the proportion of authoritarian-ruled states has risen steadily in recent years and democracies are in retreat worldwide. According to the annual "Democracy Index," just under 46% of the world's population lived in a democracy last year, compared with just under 50% in 2020. In a so-called “full democracy,” the figure was only 6.4% in 2021 (2020: 6.8%). The study concludes that far more than a third of the people live in a dictatorship. Norway and New Zealand receive the highest marks for democracies.
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|14:30||US||Consumer Prices (January, m/m)||+0.6%|
|14:30||US||Consumer Prices (January, y/y)||+7.0%|
|14:30||US||Core Consumer Prices (January, y/y)||+5.5%|
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|US||Philip Morris International||Q4|
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