Headline GDP Growth Overstates the Strength of the Economy - Real GDP expanded at a 2.9% annualized pace in Q4. While beating expectations, the underlying details were not as encouraging. Moreover, the weakening monthly indicator performances to end the year suggest the decelerating trend will continue in Q1.
Sentiment in Europe Is Improving, Bank of Canada Calls It Quits - For most of 2022, we had concerns that the broader European economy could be on the verge of a deep recession. While a warm winter and falling inflation have not completely abated those concerns, they do lead us to believe the European economic downturn will not be as bad as initially expected. Elsewhere, one of the major central banks opted to formally pause rate hikes this week. Following a 25 bps hike to 4.50%, Governor Macklem of the Bank of Canada declared the central bank's tightening cycle is over.