There has been a gradual political shift towards populism in recent decades.
As in the wider economy, players in the real estate sector tend to think in terms of cycles. In macroeconomics the discussion is of economic cycles, meaning the fluctuations in the degree of utilization of production potential.
The UK economy has been resilient to the political uncertainty following the shock referendum result to leave the EU. In particular, the consumer sector continued to be the driving force behind UK economic growth in the second half of 2016, which delivered 0.6% GDP growth in both 3Q and 4Q.
Economic growth in the eurozone remained relatively steady in 2016 and actually ended the year on a strong note despite rising political uncertainties both within the eurozone area and further afield. Growth in the eurozone was relatively broad based, with all countries contributing.
En 2016, l’économie suisse s’est développée sur des bases solides. Les signaux d’une reprise forte sur le marché du travail ont néanmoins fait défaut. Dans les deux prochaines années, une certaine amélioration de l’économie est attendue.