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  • Asia data previews – 13-20 March 2015 - Updated Fri March 13, 2015

    • We think BI will maintain an easing bias amid low inflation and global central bank easing • Singapore’s February NODX was likely affected by Lunar New Year data distortions • We expect a BoJ move in April not March ...

  • Asia macro trackers – Room for monetary easing - Updated Fri February 6, 2015

    • The Philippines emerges as the best performer in Asia in Q4-2014 • Thailand’s growth tracker signals a pick-up in GDP from very soft levels; Indonesia’s GDP remains soft • Current account trackers are stronger than before ...

  • Asia data previews – 05-12 Dec - Updated Fri December 5, 2014

    • China is due to hold its Annual Central Economic Work Conference from 9-12 December • Central banks of Indonesia, Korea, Philippines and New Zealand are expected to keep rates on hold • We expect slower industrial production growth in China, Ind...

  • ASEAN – Growth in the fast lane - Updated Wed November 5, 2014

    The outlook is bright for ASEAN’s highly diverse and fast-growing economies • ASEAN’s GDP growth outpaced global growth by 2ppt between 1980-2013 • The region has been the world’s fastest-growing since the 1980s; many of its economies have room ...

  • Malaysia – Still running on domestic fuel - Updated Mon October 7, 2013

    We maintain our 2013 growth forecast of 4.7% for Malaysia. H1 growth was 4.2% y/y, and we expect a slightly better performance in H2, at 5.2% y/y. Domestic drivers have sustained growth in the past few quarters. As a high base affects domestic y/y g...

  • 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...

  • Vietnam – Slow recovery - Updated Mon October 7, 2013

    Economic activity in Vietnam continues to recover gradually, although the pace is slow by historical standards. GDP grew 5.14% in the first nine months of 2013. We estimate that Q3 growth was 5.54% y/y, faster than the 4.9% pace in H1-2013, although...

  • Singapore – Tentative improvement - Updated Mon October 7, 2013

    Growth is improving, but at a very gradual pace. Singapore‟s GDP grew 2.0% y/y in H1-2013, following three consecutive quarters of positive growth at a q/q seasonally adjusted annualised rate (SAAR). The H1 data included two strong positive signs fo...

  • 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 ...

  • ASEAN – Traversing the Mekong - Updated Fri August 30, 2013

    Mekong region is attracting investor interest as a low-cost base, as reflected in our client survey • The business environment varies widely across the region and can be challenging • Infrastructure tends to be strong only in designated industria...



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