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Deutsche Bank’s top economist favors Trump over status quo


By Frank Siebelt | FRANKFURT

Deutsche Bank’s (DBKGn.DE) top economist said U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will be an improvement on “a mediocre status quo” and drive economic growth in the country higher.

“We will see a move from dogma to pragmatism,” David Folkerts-Landau said at a dinner with journalists on Monday, forecasting U.S. economic growth in 2018 would be more than double the 1.5 percent seen for 2016.

“While Trump introduces higher uncertainty, this is better than the near certainty of the continuation of a mediocre status quo,” Folkerts-Landau wrote in a presentation for the event in Deutsche Bank’s striking glass skyscraper, which is prominent on Frankfurt’s skyline.

Following a divisive election campaign, president-elect Trump has assembled a cabinet of top officials that includes business leaders and three retired generals, which Folkerts-Landau described as a “business men administration”.

“We will see a much more flexible approach to taking decisions,” he added.