- GDP, economic activity improves
The recovery of industrial activity at the beginning of the year significantly influences the macroeconomic situation of the first quarter, for which it is likely an improvement in the overall levels of economic activity compared to those at the end of 2018, with positive effects also on the average annual economic performance 2019. Thus stated INPS president, Gian Carlo Blangiardo.
- ETFplus: the AUM has reached the new record of € 73.7 billion
In the first quarter of 2019 the AUM of the ETFplus market reached a record 73.7 billion euros, an increase of 11.4% compared to 2018. 116 new instruments are listed in the first quarter, for a total of 1,285 instruments available on the ETFplus market at the end of March.
- Brexit, companies' fears at the highest point since the 2016 referendum
The concerns of British companies are at their highest since the 2016 referendum, with eight out of 10 financial leaders expecting the long-term economic environment to worsen with a UK exit from the EU.
- Growth, the IMF still cuts: for Italy expected +0.1 percent
The International Monetary Fund lowers by 0.9 percentage points the forecast of progression of the tricolor GDP in 2019, bringing it to 0.1%. By 2020, on the other hand, the IMF does not make changes and leaves 0.9% unchanged.
- China, export rises 14.2% in March, more than expected, import decline
In March, Chinese exports rose by 14.2% over the year, above expectations, while imports fell by 7.6%, below expectations. As a result, the country's trade balance saw a surplus of $ 32.64 billion for the month.
- The Brexit postponed to October 31st
The EU leaders meeting in Brussels have decided to give more time to Britain for Brexit. The new deadline has been set for October 31 to obtain the approval of an agreement to leave the Union.