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Morgenrapport Norge —

Kari Due-Andresen, Chief Economist Norway | kadu01@handelsbanken.no

Morgenmelding Danmark —

Bjarke Roed-Frederiksen, Economist | bjro03@handelsbanken.dk

Fast Comment US — Partial budget blueprint for 2018 from President Trump

  1. Large increase in defence spending
  2. Large cuts in non-defence spending
  3. Trump will meet hard resistance in Congress

Petter Lundvik, Economist | pelu16@handelsbanken.se

UK Comment — Bank of England votes 8-1 to keep Bank Rate unchanged

  1. Bank Rate and QE programme left unchanged, as widely expected
  2. Dissent comes as aggregate demand and labour market remain strong and inflation picks up
  3. We still expect an unchanged Bank Rate for both this year and the next

Kari Due-Andresen, Chief Economist Norway | kadu01@handelsbanken.no

Fast Comment Norway — More dovish than expected from Norges Bank

  1. Lower inflation pushes expected rate hikes further out in time
  2. Real economy pulls interest rate up in the short term but pushes down further out
  3. Inflation becomes uncomfortably low; strategy might have to be abandoned

Kari Due-Andresen, Chief Economist Norway | kadu01@handelsbanken.no

Fast Comment Sweden — Unemployment in February broadly in line with expectations

  1. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in February.: 6.9 percent (6.9 in January)
  2. Actual unemployment rate in February: 7.4 percent (7.3 in January)

Anders Brunstedt, Economist | anbr42@handelsbanken.se