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  • Indonesia – It may not be as bad as it seems - Updated Wed February 19, 2014

    • Indonesia’s economic fundamentals are not as weak as they seem • We still project the BI rate at 8.00% by end-2014, but adjust the timing of the next rate hikes to Q2 and Q3 • A further rally in IDR bonds will be tactical and limited; we maintai...

  • Indonesia - What Indonesian clients think . . . - Updated Mon February 3, 2014

    • Our Indonesian clients are slightly more optimistic this year on business prospects • Our survey results suggest that sustaining revenue growth remains the key challenge • Indonesian clients are bearish on their local currency vs. USD in 2014,...

  • Indonesia – Recovering economic fundamentals - Updated Mon January 13, 2014

    • We expect Indonesia’s economic fundamentals to improve in 2014 • We lower our end-2014 BI rate forecast to 8.00% from 8.25% • Trade balance is set to improve, driven more by import slowdown than by exports recovery ...

  • Indonesia – A non-expansionary budget for 2014 - Updated Mon October 28, 2013

    Parliament passed a non-expansionary budget for 2014, with a deficit target of 1.7% of nominal GDP • We maintain our forecast of a deficit of 1.5% of nominal GDP • Net supply target is IDR 205tn, or 12% lower than in 2013; stay Overweight duration...

  • Indonesia – Towards a new optimum real GDP growth rate - Updated Mon October 21, 2013

    • BI to focus more on stability, less on growth, even in election year 2014 • BI is likely to continue to tighten monetary policy, despite slowing inflation • We estimate the new optimum real GDP growth rate at 5.5-6.0% in 2013 and 2014...

  • Indonesia – A primer on the balance of payments - Updated Tue September 3, 2013

    • Although Indonesia’s economic fundamentals are still strong, its external exposures are rising • Balance-of-payments deterioration needs to be addressed with structural rather than ad-hoc measures • External debt has risen in recent years, but ...

  • Indonesia – This year is not as rosy as hoped - Updated Wed May 29, 2013

    • Indonesia’s economic fundamentals are deteriorating; the market perceives that country risk is rising • We revise our BoP, GDP growth and government budget deficit forecasts • We expect the IDR and IDR bonds to weaken further on inflation risks...

  • Indonesia – The politics of policy - Updated Fri April 12, 2013

    We believe BI Governor-Appointee Martowardojo is more likely to hike rates • We project inflation to reach 5.5% y/y by end-2013, still within BI’s target range for this year • We expect the current account to remain in deficit in 2013...

  • Indonesia – To hike or not to hike (fuel prices) - Updated Tue February 19, 2013

    We believe that the government is unlikely to hike subsidised fuel prices in 2013 • We now expect BI to raise the FASBI rate, instead of the BI rate, by 50bps in H2-2013 • Stay Underweight FX and Neutral duration on IDR bonds; shift 5Y and 20Y hol...

  • Southeast Asia – What ASEAN corporates think - Updated Thu January 17, 2013

    • Sentiment in Malaysia is more bullish for 2013 vs. 2012; optimism has declined in Indonesia • Domestic and regional issues are back in focus, especially wage costs and political uncertainty • Clients are more optimistic on the THB in 2013 than i...

  • Indonesia – The current account dilemma - Updated Thu January 10, 2013

    • We expect the C/A deficit to shrink to USD 8bn in 2013 from USD 21.5bn in 2012 on higher exports • We lower our short-term FX weighting on the IDR to Underweight; maintain medium-term Overweight • Stay Neutral duration and shift to Underweight ...

  • Indonesia – BI is running out of reasons to hike - Updated Mon October 8, 2012

    Mild domestic inflation and QE3 to limit further hikes in FASBI rate to 25bps by end-2012 • Basic electricity tariffs are likely to be hiked by 15% next year, but we expect a limited impact on inflation • We expect IDR to underperform within A...

  • Indonesia – Record trade deficit on strong domestic growth - Updated Tue August 14, 2012

    • We cut our 2012 current account forecast to a USD 16bn deficit (1.8% of GDP) from a USD 2bn surplus • We expect Bank Indonesia to raise the FASBI rate by another 75bps in H2-2012 to slow credit growth • Maintain a Neutral cash and duration sta...

  • Indonesia – Risk of capital flight is manageable - Updated Tue July 3, 2012

    • BI has sufficient FX reserves to manage worst-case capital outflows estimated at USD 10-20bn • Topside risks to USD-IDR have diminished, given shift in FX policy, monetary tightening • Short-term FX rating on IDR raised to Neutral from Underweig...

  • Coal – Thermal coal is catching a cold [CORRECTION] - Updated Fri June 15, 2012

    This supersedes the version dated 14 June 2012. Amends price forecasts in Figures 35 and 36. • Coal price downtrend will start in 2013, in our view, underpinned by a supply glut • This view is in stark contrast to our previous bullish view on coa...

  • Indonesia – To hike or not to hike (fuel prices) - Updated Thu May 10, 2012

    A 33% hike in subsidised fuel prices is still likely, possibly in H2-2012 • We revise our 2012 GDP growth forecast to 6.0% from 5.8%, while maintaining our 2013 forecast of 6.5% • We maintain a Neutral duration stance on IDR bonds as inflation wor...



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