Global Increase in Household Saving Rates to Limit Medium-Term Investment Returns, According to Report from Pershing and Roubini Global Economics

Savings rates to push Eurozone to net creditor status and the region faces prospect of repeating Japan's lost decade

Jan 07, 2013, 10:00 ET from The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Pershing LLC, a BNY Mellon company, today announced the release of an independent study authored by senior economists at Roubini Global Economics on the pace and direction of the global economic recovery leading into 2013. The report, Rebalancing and Recovery: The Slow, Risky Road to Global Growth, available through Pershing Prime Services, states that the global economic recovery is losing momentum, and is likely entering a sustained period of below-trend growth. The study, commissioned by Pershing, looks at the major global markets and concludes that a sizable increase in global net savings will have a major impact on invested assets; thereby weighing on returns.

"As the global economy continues to undergo structural shifts, we are committed to providing our customers with high-level insight and thought leadership that will allow them to stay ahead of events and understand the forces driving policy decisions," added Gerry Tamburro, managing director, Pershing Prime Services. "We are living in a time of almost unprecedented global economic change and uncertainty, which is impacting every aspect of our customers' business and requires an understanding of the top-down factors driving the markets."

To soften the impact of this global move toward savings, the report suggests that big surplus markets, Germany and China, and other traditional creditor nations, should focus on restructuring to stimulate consumer spending. It also notes that the U.S., which is no longer at the epicenter of the financial crisis, will likely continue its slow recovery. The speed of this recovery will depend on the impact of fiscal, monetary and political policies, as well as major economic concerns—such as the "fiscal cliff" in 2013, which could potentially trigger a second recession.

"The continued sluggish global growth and the increase in global savings are, in large part, a reflection of the limited ineffectiveness of policy at solving underlying issues, such as excessive debt," said Nouriel Roubini, chairman of Roubini Global Economics. "Governments around the world have far less policymaking flexibility than they had in 2008, and less of an ability to stimulate the economy by shifting expenditures or offering fiscal stimulus."

The study notes that the premature withdrawal of stimulative measures and continued austerity in the Eurozone could lead to a confluence of demographic trends, structural rigidity and ineffectual policies, resulting in a "lost" economic decade similar to that seen in Japan in the 1990s. With the recession worsening in the periphery of the region and growth stalling even in core nations, credit continues to contract in the Eurozone, while savings are likely to increase. This boost in household savings may result in the Eurozone becoming a net creditor.

In China, as in most emerging markets, the report foresees continued growth deceleration to begin again in late 2013 as investment and consumption fails to make up this slack. Chinese stimulus may help restrain the extent of the slowdown, but is unlikely to counteract a greater structural slowdown, driven by weak returns on property values, loan bailouts and lower return on investment.

To obtain a copy of the independent study, Rebalancing and Recovery: The Slow, Risky Road to Global Growth, visit

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