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  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 01-Apr – UST volatility and EM catch-up - Updated Mon March 31, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Singapore – We expect the PMI to remain above the 50 threshold • Europe – New offshore Renminbi centres set to get a boost • US – ISM data is likely to thaw gradually • Market focus • The sharp fall in UST implied volatili...

  • 27-Mar – Commodities volatility set to increase - Updated Wed March 26, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Southeast Asian FX – All the good news is already in the price • Vietnam – Q1 GDP likely to show economic growth is on track • Euro area – Businesses have a more sceptical outlook than consumers • Market focus • Commodities...

  • 13-Mar – IDR and THB rallies to stall near-term - Updated Wed March 12, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Japan – BoJ minutes to shed more light on future policy stance • India – February WPI likely slipped below 5% • US – Retail sales likely picked up mildly as the weather improved • Market focus • We believe the IDR and TH...

  • 11-Feb – Asian demand/supply outlook; buy 10Y THB - Updated Mon February 10, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Malaysia – GDP growth likely supported by increased external demand • China – Trade performance likely softened in January • US – Yellen’s testimony: Watch for hints about Fed’s forward guidance • Market focus • PHP bonds s...

  • 31-Jan – AXJ FX to weaken on China slowdown fears - Updated Thu January 30, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Indonesia – Inflation likely to have accelerated m/m in January • Thailand – Upside risks to inflation • US – January’s Chicago PMI: A taste of things to come in Q1 • Market focus • We forecast China January PMI manufacturi...

  • 27-Jan – China risks to weigh on AXJ local markets - Updated Sun January 26, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Taiwan – Growth likely picked up in Q4-2013 • UK – Preliminary estimate of Q4 GDP to show sturdy momentum • United States – Corporate investment likely supported Q4 GDP growth • Market focus • Limited contagion risk to Asia...

  • 13-Dec – Top rates trades for 2014 - Updated Thu December 12, 2013

    Top 3 data/events • China – CNH drops to a discount to CNY onshore • Japan – Q4 Tankan survey to show large manufacturers are upbeat • Philippines – Remittance growth likely slowed on base effects • Market focus • Our total-returns analysis ...

  • 03-Dec – Trip notes: Hong Kong investors - Updated Mon December 2, 2013

    Top 3 data/events • Thailand – No more negotiations to end anti-government protests • Australia – Q3 GDP growth likely remained below trend at 0.7% q/q • Brazil – Growth expected to show a contraction in Q3 • Market focus • HK investors are b...

  • 26-Nov – Adjusting our USD-AXJ forecasts - Updated Mon November 25, 2013

    Top 3 data/events • Taiwan – Leading index expected to show economic momentum • Thailand – BoT likely to keep policy rate on hold • US – Housing recovery likely slowed in last two months • Market focus • We are adjusting selected USD-AXJ ...

  • 13-Nov – How vulnerable are AXJ bond-currencies? - Updated Tue November 12, 2013

    Top 3 data/events • India – October WPI inflation to rise once again • Japan – Widening trade deficit likely weighed on Q3 GDP • Euro area – Q3 GDP likely barely sustained positive growth • Market focus • C/A deficit/bond-driven AXJ currencies ...

  • 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...

  • 04-Nov – BNM on hold despite inflation risks - Updated Sun November 3, 2013

    Top 3 data/events • Philippines – Food inflation likely led to higher inflation in October • Taiwan – We expect higher m/m inflation for October • UK – Expansion in PMI services may have moderated in October • Market focus • We expect BNM t...

  • 17-Oct – Asia’s safe havens - Updated Wed October 16, 2013

    Top 3 data/events • China – GDP growth likely picked up, policy expected to be on hold • Mexico – MXN likely to lead Latam FX on US debt deal • US – The shutdown impact may be reflected in jobless claims • Market focus • CNY is Asia’s safe-hav...

  • 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...

  • Q4 – A temporary delay - Updated Mon September 30, 2013

    Overview – The Fed’s surprise ‘no taper’ decision continues to dominate the market’s focus. While this should be supportive of risk appetite near-term, we see it as a temporary delay to the normalisation process and leave our UST forecasts unchanged...

  • Singapore – MAS expected to maintain the status quo - Updated Fri September 27, 2013

    We maintain our long-held call for the MAS to keep its policy stance unchanged; risk is of minor easing • Ongoing restructuring to keep MAS focused on inflation; current SGD NEER level offers loosening room • Leveraged funds: Sell SGD-THB, target ...

  • 05-Sep – Asian local markets to recover in Q4 - Updated Wed September 4, 2013

    Top 3 data/events • Malaysia – Export rebound to modestly boost trade surplus • Europe – ECB and BoE are likely to stay on hold • US – ADP and ISM services likely to signal solid NFP print on Friday • Market focus • Most of the negatives for A...



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11-Apr – Indonesian rally to pause on...

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 following the parliamentary elections on 9...

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