1 Investment is increasing but the economy is not re balancing …
In the first quarter of 2014, investment increased by almost 10% compared to the first quarter prior year. The rally in investment is welcome but investment remains some way off the highs of 2007. By the end of 2015, investment will account for just over 15% of GDP compared to 61% for household consumption. The economy is not re balancing
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2 Investment isn’t always about productive capacity …
In 2007, the largest share of investment was property related. Over 70% of investment is explained by dwellings and commercial real estate investment. Machinery and equipment, areas of investment we tend to associate with “productive capacity”, account for just 20% of total investment spending.
3 There has been no significant loss to productive capacity …
Our capital stock model suggests productive capacity within the economy will return to normal by the end of 2014. We identify productive capacity as investment in plant and machinery with a four year capital stock model. There has been no significant loss to productive capacity and output potential
4 Low interest rates of themselves do not stimulate investment …
The cost of capital is a relatively low element in the return on investment model. Recovery is the key to unlocking the growth in investment.
5 Investment will assist not lead the recovery …
We are forecasting an increase in investment of 7.4% in 2014 and 6.5% in 2015. Our forecasts for UK growth overall are 3% in 2014 and 2.8% in 2015. The investment share of GDP is set to increase as a result. This represents recovery rather than re balancing of the economy. Investment will assist, not lead, the recovery.
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