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  • IGB valuations are attractive; buy 5Y IGBs - Updated Wed April 16, 2014

    We believe recent pessimism on the IGB market is overdone • Improving INR outlook, near-term supply and stable policy rates are key positives for IGBs • We shift our IGB outlook to Positive from Neutral; buy 5Y IGBs at 8.95%; target: 8.65%, stop-l...

  • 16-Apr – Food prices rise on weather and geopolitics - Updated Tue April 15, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Singapore – NODX growth likely to have accelerated in March • Canada – Bank of Canada likely to keep policy rate unchanged • US – Spring recovery in housing may be gradual • Market focus • Weather risks and geopolitical con...

  • India – Be cautious not worried about inflation - Updated Tue April 15, 2014

    March WPI surprises on the upside, CPI prints in line with expectations • CPI and WPI trajectory still looks comfortable for most of 2014, barring any weather-related shocks • We cautiously maintain our FY15 CPI forecast at 8% with a downward bia...

  • 15-Apr – Draghi puts EUR strength in the crosshairs - Updated Mon April 14, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • China – Growth momentum likely softened in Q1 • Euro area – CPI final print likely to match the preliminary data • US – Yellen to clarify view on long-run inflation, growth and FFTR • Market focus • Draghi’s IMF comments c...

  • Linking EM reallocations to Indonesian inflows - Updated Mon April 14, 2014

    We stay Neutral on Indonesian rates risk; we examine one of the positive external influences • New data shows a strong link between Russian, Turkish outflows and Indonesian inflows in Q1-2014 • The benefits for Indonesia, which we expect to conti...

  • Commodity investor flows - Updated Mon April 14, 2014

    ETF: Gold flows turn bearish again; we also see positive signs for broader commodities • CFTC: Bullish sentiment increases for energy, declines for agriculture and gold...

  • Singapore – MAS sees rising domestic inflation - Updated Mon April 14, 2014

    MAS keeps SGD NEER policy band slope, width and centre unchanged; policy unchanged since Apr-12 • MAS maintains focus on upside pressure on core inflation, reduces headline inflation forecast • SGD NEER should weaken 0.5% in the coming three mont...

  • Japan trip notes – Domestic issues matter the most - Updated Mon April 14, 2014

    Local sentiment continues to improve, but caution remains on the reform outlook • China’s slower growth is negatively affecting Japan’s economy, but not substantially • We are more concerned about progress on domestic reforms, which will determin...

  • 14-Apr – AXJ FX revisions amid divergent volatility - Updated Sun April 13, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • India – Inflation likely moved up in March • Germany – ZEW may show investors shrugging off uncertainties • US – Not necessarily a spring rebound for core retail sales • Market focus • Weaker China data and reviving bond i...

  • Global Research: Top Weekly Reads: 04 – 10 April 2014 - Updated Fri April 11, 2014

    • The following reports received the most reads from external clients, as per anonymous readership data, for the period from 04 to 10 April 2014. They are listed in descending order of most reads: • Economics Weekly - 04-Apr - China: Can it be stab...

  • India: Reviving growth, brick by brick - Updated Fri April 11, 2014

    The following is a joint research report from the Regional and Equity Research teams. Two versions of the report are available; the Equity Research version includes additional company-specific content. • Growth needs to be the top priority for Indi...

  • 11-Apr – Indonesian rally to pause on election - Updated Thu April 10, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Singapore – MAS likely to maintain the status quo • China – Disappointing trade performance in March • US – 10Y UST yields touch bottom of range, important technical level • Market focus • Indonesian markets have sold off ...

  • SC FIRST – High-yielding EM bonds to outperform - Updated Thu April 10, 2014

    • Direction and spread signals are both positive for the second consecutive month • Stay Positive on South Africa, but stay Neutral on Indonesia, due to valuations and fundamentals • Colombia should receive hefty bond inflows in the months to co...

  • COP – A strong house in a high-beta neighbourhood - Updated Thu April 10, 2014

    Colombia’s strong local growth story and robust capital-inflow outlook underpins our bullish COP view • We revise our end-Q2 USD-COP forecast to 1,900 (from 1,930) and keep end-Q3 at 1,870 • We stay Overweight the COP against the USD over both sho...

  • Global trade unbundled - Updated Wed April 9, 2014

    Expanding supply chains and increased openness drove rapid trade growth in past decades • But trade has been weak since the 2008-09 crisis; there is talk of a structural slowdown • We believe the outlook is improving and trade will soon grow fas...

  • 10-Apr – AXJ currency rally supported by yield-seeking - Updated Wed April 9, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • India – Feb IIP set to disappoint at -0.4% y/y • GBP-CAD – Lowering the stop-loss on our short position • US – FOMC minutes downplay the hawkish ‘dots’ • Market focus • The stabilisation in UST yields and fall in US rate vo...

  • Sri Lanka – Debt dynamics - Updated Wed April 9, 2014

    Sri Lanka’s public and external-debt ratios are relatively high by emerging-market standards • LKR depreciation has been a major factor in keeping the public-debt ratio elevated • Cautious fiscal policy and a stable exchange rate could keep the ...

  • Close short THB vs. 50/50 USD and EUR - Updated Wed April 9, 2014

    Broad USD weakness, technicals and positioning could support the THB further near-term • Real-money funds are underweight Thai local markets; as they cover their shorts, THB could rally further • Fundamentally, we like this trade and will look to...

  • 09-Apr – China – More stimulus needed - Updated Tue April 8, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Australia – Unemployment rate was likely 6.0% in March • Malaysia – External demand likely supported IP in February • UK – BoE may stay on hold while MPC digests flurry of positive data • Market focus • Policy is shifting ...

  • US − Not too hot, not too cold - Updated Tue April 8, 2014

    We forecast 2014 US GDP growth of 2.4% • The Fed is on QE tapering auto pilot: the bar to altering its course is very high • We expect the first fed funds rate hike in Q2-2015 • Yields may break through 3% in the coming weeks, in our view, as m...



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17-Apr – China: Growth momentum slowed in Q1

Top 3 data/events • Japan – Trade deficit likely remained given import re-acceleration • Taiwan – Overseas demand likely supported export orders • US – Yellen sticks to her script in NY speech • Market focus • China’s Q1 GDP slowed to 7.4% y/y as credit and housing sales decelerated...

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Global Focus - The world in transition

The world economy is in transition. Global growth rates are picking up, but transition means elevated risks and volatility. In terms of global implications, all eyes will be on the US and China, with the US normalising monetary policy and China rebalancing its economy.