Last week the Spanish banking sector began its third quarter results presentations, but analysts are going one step further and are already looking for indications ahead of 2016. The outlook is not wholly favourable if we take into account the factors affecting it on the downside.
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A new round of mergers amongst Spanish banks could just be round the corner. The Bank of Spain has also added its voice to the market rumours, the “off the record” comments from bank directors and the warnings from international organisations about the sector’s delicate health.
The international organisation maintained its forecasts for Spanish GDP growth (3.1% in 2015) but cut its global growth estimate to 3.1%, the worst performance since the start of the financial crisis six years ago.
A group of top international experts recently gathered in Madrid to analyse a problem politicians do not want to talk about as they are afraid of losing votes: are we facing a global pensions’ crisis.
Next week’s Federal Reserve meeting ( September 16th and 17th) has investors on tenterhooks. Some Fed members have recently pointed to a possible rate hike in September, raising concerns not only in the markets but also amongst IMF and World Bank leaders.
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