German Investor Confidence Rises in November

German investor confidence rose to the highest level in more than four years, signaling that the economic recovery in Europe’s largest economy remains on track even after a third-quarter slowdown.
The ZEW Center for European Economic Research in Mannheim said its index of investor and analyst expectations, which aims to predict economic developments six months in advance, climbed for a fourth month to 54.6 in November. That’s the strongest reading since October 2009 and up from 52.8 the prior month. Economists predicted an increase to 54, according to the median of 40 estimates in a Bloomberg News survey.

The Bundesbank said yesterday that the German economy remains on a “solid growth path,” even after the expansion slowed to 0.3 percent in the third quarter and business confidence unexpectedly dropped in October. Factory orders rose more than economists predicted in September and unemployment remained near a two-decade low in October.

via Bloomberg

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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