Aside from the humanitarian tragedy in Ukraine, the economic consequences of the war in Ukraine are manageable in the short and medium term, both in Europe and globally. However, the emerging "great power rivalry" with Russia in Europe implies long-term investment requirements that the EU hardly seems able to meet in the current setting. Mutually financed (national) investments in the defense sector should be worth considering - if we accept the lessons of history and are serious about defense spending of 3-4% of economic output (in large EU countries).
The monthly dynamics in retail prices accelerated moderately in January 2024 (+0.3% mom) after 0.1% mom in December 2023. The annualized print slowed to 6.4% yoy, down from 7.6% yoy in December 2023.
The long discussions about the January inflation rate are over. On Thursday, the Czech Statistical Office published that the price level rose by 2.3% yoy, which is significantly lower than the figure expected by our forecast and the market.
The start to the year for the ESG bond market was characterized by solid momentum on the primary market side. The increasing investor preference for the "oldest" of the ESG bond classes means that green bonds continue to dominate the EUR ESG market at the start of 2024. SSA issuers in particular stand out. On the secondary market side, yield fluctuations dominate as ESG and credit risk appear to be more peripheral topics. Otherwise, the ECB (further climate measures) and the EU (agreement on the regulation of ESG rating agencies) are driving the news flow.
Inflation continued its downward trend, falling to a three-year minimum of 4.7% yoy in January. Food prices partially ignored seasonal patterns, and caused an expansion of supply. Limited demand, frozen tariffs, relatively stable FX limiting an upturn in prices as well.
Despite no rate change, the MPC decision this week did bring some surprises including the Governor's view that rates might remain unchanged this year. However, we still await the key meeting in March and leave our forecast unchanged: minor 50bp cuts in total in H2.
At Thursday's monetary policy meeting, the CNB bank board decided to cut rates by 50bps. The reason for the faster rate cut than expected by our and market forecasts is mainly due to the high degree of certainty about January inflation, which the CNB expects to head towards 3%.
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Personal information includes your personal details and contact information (e.g., name, address, date and place of birth, nationality, etc.) or identity and travel document information (such as signature sample, ID information). In addition, this may include payment and clearing data (eg payment orders, turnover data in payment transactions), credit data (eg type and amount of income, recurring payment obligations for children's education costs, loan repayments, rents), data on marketing and distribution, credit transactions, image and / or sound recordings (eg video and telephone recordings), electronic log and identification data (apps, cookies, etc.), financial identification data (data from credit, debit, prepaid cards) or AML (anti-money laundering) and compliance data and other data comparable to the above categories.
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The processing of personal data (Art 4 No. 2 GDPR) is carried out for the provision and brokering of banking, financial services and insurance, leasing and real estate transactions, in particular for the performance of our contracts with you and the execution of your orders as well as for carrying out pre-contractual measures.
The purposes of the data processing are based primarily on the specific product (for example, account, credit, building society savings, securities, deposits, brokerage, debit and credit cards) and may, among others, contain analysis of your financial needs, consulting, asset management , and execution of transactions.
Such data processing takes place, for example, in connection with debit cards (also called "ATM cards"), which RBI makes available to you and with which you are in particular able to execute payment transactions with merchants at POS terminals ("ATM cash registers") and on the internet ( E-commerce payments in the online shop), to withdraw cash at designated ATMs (also called "Bankomat"), and to perform transactions between debit cards ("ZOIN"). Such transactions must be assignable to the banks of the cardholder and the payee in order to enable the settlement of the transactions among each other. Almost all institutions operating in Austria have concluded a contract with the PSA Payment Services Austria GmbH (PSA) for this purpose (PSA contract). The purpose of such PSA contract is to regulate the mutual rights and obligations between each institution and PSA. Moreover in the PSA contract the institutions agree on the conditions under which transactions (eg withdrawals) of foreign bank customers in their own cash dispensers or payment transactions at POS terminals are accepted. PSA is responsible for the technical handling of transactions with usable cards with the institutes. In addition, PSA also operates its own ATMs. In order to process transactions and settle accounts between institutions, institutions must process data of their own clients. The legal basis of the data processing are a variety of laws, such as the Banking Act, the Payment Services Act, the Financial Market Money Laundering Act, etc., to which the contracting parties of the PSA contract are committed and the contract between the institution and its customers (eg current account agreement, card agreement). To exercise your rights in connection with the data processing referred to in this paragraph, please contact RBI.
For credit cards, the exchange of personal data, especially with merchants and account-holding banks is necessary for the execution of the credit card transaction.
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If you have given us your consent to the processing of your personal data for specific purposes (eg, disclosure of data to recipients named in the consent, notifications via the ELBA mailbox, lotteries), processing will only take place in accordance with the scope and for the purpose as set out in and agreed in the consent form. A given consent may be withdrawn at any time with effect for the future.
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The following data, which either RBI itself has collected itself or which you have transmitted to RBI, will be evaluated:
These data include the personal data and the detailed data of the products, such as the item of transactions, terms, interest, charges, debits, credits and arrears.
If the products brokered are payment instruments, the analysed data also includes: payment behavior, incoming and outgoing payment transactions, recipients and senders, payment service providers, amounts, purpose, payment references, originator references, frequencies and types of money movements, cashless payments, data of the dealers or service providers and information about these closed deals.
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We process your personal data, as far as necessary, for the whole duration of the entire business relationship (beginning with the conclusion of a contract, its execution and ending with its termination) as well as in accordance with the mandatory storage and documentation obligation as required by law, in particular pursuant to the following Austrian legal provisions: the Companies Code (Unternehmensgesetzbuch, UGB), the Federal Fiscal Code (Bundesabgabenordnung, BAO), the Banking Act (Bankwesengesetz BWG), the Financial Market Money Laundering Act (Finanzmarkt-Geldwäschegesetz, FM-GwG) and the Securities Supervision Act (Wertpapieraufsichtsgesetz, WAG).
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Zu unserem Analysespektrum gehört auch die gemeinsame Analyse der Gesamtregion CEE bzw. der Märkte der Raiffeisen Bank International mit unseren Analystenkollegen vor Ort in 13 CEE-Ländern. Wir fungieren auch als erster Ansprechpartner österreichischer, deutschsprachiger und internationaler Medien bei Österreich- und CEE-Themen.
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We are a diverse team of around 80 analysts based in Austria and 13 countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Our products and expertise rely on continuous and close collaboration between the research teams in CEE and Vienna. Moreover, we are the exclusive provider to the Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group regarding retail research.
We consider ourselves a leading research boutique focused on CEE, Austria and the euro area. We offer local market expertise plus contact to well-established experts on the ground in CEE and Austria. On a product level, we offer a granular coverage of CEE and the Austrian market and its issuers (Macro, Fixed Income, Equity) with a growing ESG-Focus. Our well-established analyst colleagues from Budapest to Bucharest to Tirana and Moscow will be happy to assist you and provide competent expert advice.
Our international clients (mostly institutional and corporate clients as well as public institutions) can benefit from our wide-ranging research footprint in CEE. Access to our research services can be granted to all RBI corporate clients and all other non-MiFID II regulated clients. Clients subject to MiFID II regulation are kindly asked to approach us via their Capital Market Sales contacts at RBI.