Submitted by Taps Coogan on the 11th of June 2019 to The Sounding Line.
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Daniel Lacalle, Chief Economist at Tressis Gestión, recently spoke with CNBC about the causes of slowing growth in China and the Eurozone, claiming that it has more to do with years of misallocation of capital than tariffs and trade wars.
Some excerpts from Daniel Lacalle:
“In general, there is a complacent view that growth might be slightly effected but it is going to be minimal, that valuations are supported, that growth of earnings is going to continue to be robust despite trade tensions… This is a very very complex situation. This is not just about a few tariffs on soya, or natural gas, or on aluminum. This is about technology. This is about capital controls. This is about legal security on intellectual property. This can go on for a while and the implications are much stronger. Also, because the weakness of both the Chinese and and the Eurozone economies have absolutely nothing to do with trade wars… It’s not because of some tariffs, it’s because there have been excesses of debt and very poor allocation of capital in the last four to eight years.”
“China’s official GDP might be growing at 6.4%, yes, but every other metric you look at, in terms of valuation, in terms of industrial production, power demand, construction, retail sales…, we just saw imports yesterday…, they show a much weaker picture of internal demand than we would imagine of an economy that grows at 6.4%…”
There is more to the interview, so enjoy it above.
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