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  • The super-cycle lives: EM growth is key - Updated Wed November 6, 2013

    In 2010 we argued that fast growth in emerging markets (EM) and their increasing weight in world GDP was driving an economic super-cycle. We have lowered our forecasts for China, India and others, but the case broadly still holds (see Part 1). • We...

  • Asia Focus – Clearing skies - Updated Wed October 9, 2013

    We see growth improving across the region, despite recent financial-market distress. Fretting over the growth outlook because of portfolio outflows is missing the point, in our view. We think more optimism is in order, as simultaneous growth in majo...

  • Bangladesh – Political climate heats up - Updated Mon October 7, 2013

    The domestic macroeconomic environment is stable, suggesting that Bangladesh Bank (BB) will maintain a growth-supportive stance in FY14 (started 1 July 2013). We maintain our GDP growth forecast of 6.5% for FY14, as we expect the external demand out...

  • Asia Focus - Clearing skies - Updated Mon October 7, 2013

    • We see growth improving across the region, despite recent financial-market distress. Fretting over the growth outlook because of portfolio outflows is missing the point, in our view. We think more optimism is in order, as simultaneous growth in ma...

  • Sri Lanka – Showing resilience - Updated Mon October 7, 2013

    Sri Lanka is set to consolidate its strong H1-2013 performance (average GDP growth of 6.4%) in H2. We maintain our full-year growth forecast of 6.5%, despite the central bank‟s more optimistic projection of 7.5% premised on the global recovery in H2...

  • Local Markets Compendium 2014 - Updated Mon October 7, 2013

    To paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of the death of EM bond markets have been greatly exaggerated. Increased global allocations to local EM bond markets have been not cyclical but primarily structural in nature, reflecting these markets’ rising ec...

  • Measuring sustainable development - Updated Wed September 18, 2013

    Most countries now aim to achieve ‘sustainable development’, not just maximum GDP growth. But what does this mean? How can it be measured? And how does it relate to the concept of human well-being and to ‘happiness economics’? • We present a new St...

  • Asia Focus - Macro resilience - Updated Tue July 2, 2013

    • Worries over the impact of eventual US tightening and policy actions in China may have affected markets, but Asia’s underlying macro resilience remains intact. Domestic demand indicators have been holding up. We have downgraded our 2013 growth for...

  • Sri Lanka – CBSL to pause after aggressive rate cut - Updated Thu May 16, 2013

    • CBSL has lowered policy rates by 50bps each on growth concerns; likely to remain stable until Q1-2014 • IMF cautions that inflation is still a risk but its pace is not “unduly worrying” • T-bond yields to remain range-bound on supply concerns; ...

  • Asia Focus - Transforming, rebalancing, outperforming - Updated Wed March 13, 2013

    • The global economy is recovering, despite the weakness in the West. It will be difficult for the US to achieve more than 2% GDP growth this year; fiscal tightening and policy uncertainty will cast shadows on the turnaround in the housing and energ...

  • 07-Jan-13 – Status quo for Asian central banks - Updated Sun January 6, 2013

    Top 3 data/events • Euro area – Eurostat business surveys to improve, but from low level • Sri Lanka – CBSL expected to maintain policy rates • Australia – Trade likely remained in deficit for an eleventh straight month • Market focus • Centra...

  • Sri Lanka – Set for a stronger 2013 - Updated Wed December 5, 2012

    The economy is stronger heading into 2013; we forecast GDP growth at 7.2%, CPI inflation at 7.5% • Government maintains fiscal consolidation, cuts the budget deficit target to 5.8% of GDP in 2013 • Easing inflation and policy rates amid balanced d...

  • The resurgence - Updated Mon September 24, 2012

    • Asia is still partly insulated from the West – in much of the region, domestic demand has grown more strongly than exports in 2012. However, Asia has been slowing in recent months. We expect growth to turn up in H1-2013, and we forecast better gro...

  • Bangladesh – Rate hike unlikely, but not impossible - Updated Tue July 17, 2012

    • We expect Bangladesh Bank to remain cautious and keep its benchmark policy rate at 7.75% • Gradual deceleration in M3 growth suggests inflationary pressures are easing • Bangladesh Bank governor’s pre-policy statement means a policy rate hike ca...

  • Sri Lanka – Policy rates to stay on hold - Updated Thu June 21, 2012

    • Central bank kept rates on hold at 13 June meeting, citing a slowdown in credit growth as the key reason • We raise our inflation estimate to 7.2% from 6.7%; growth concerns outweigh inflation • We remain optimistic on the LKR in the medium ter...



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