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  • 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...

  • Asia leverage uncovered - Updated Mon July 1, 2013

    The following is a joint research report from the Equity and Regional Research teams. Two versions of the report are available; the Equity Research version includes additional company-specific content. • Unprecedented approach to systemic credit r...

  • Global monetary conditions – US versus China - Updated Tue June 25, 2013

    We introduce our Global Monetary Conditions Index and provide sensitivity estimates to policy changes • China has the fastest and highest M2 growth but global liquidity is dominated by the US • Currently, USD 10bn created by the Fed adds USD 24bn ...

  • 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...

  • CNH – Introducing the Renminbi Globalisation Index - Updated Wed November 14, 2012

    We launch the Standard Chartered RGI, which tracks the Renminbi’s level of globalisation • We also introduce our Offshore Renminbi Corporate Survey of local and global corporates • As the CNY heads towards global reserve currency status, its broad...

  • Local Markets Compendium 2013 - Updated Fri October 5, 2012

    Local-currency emerging bond markets have seen ever greater levels of foreign demand as global investors flee from the ongoing European sovereign crisis and continue to allocate to fixed income securities. From less than USD 150bn in March 2009, for...

  • 01-Jun-12 – Locals to provide bond-market support - Updated Thu May 31, 2012

    Top 3 data/events • China – A bleak month for the CNY • Crude oil – Upside still likely • United States – No fast progress on NFP • Market focus • Inflation expectations have been curtailed in light of the euro-area crisis • Central banks in...

  • 03-May-12 – Doves in Europe, hawks in Asia - Updated Wed May 2, 2012

    Top 3 key events and data • Singapore – April PMI should move further into expansionary territory • Philippines – CPI should tick marginally downwards • US – Payrolls to remain anaemic Market focus • ECB’s likely more dovish stance set to contr...

  • 01-May-12 – SEA outshines US in data surprises - Updated Mon April 30, 2012

    Top 3 key events and data • Thailand – BoT is expected to keep rates on hold • Euro area – Manufacturing PMI: no place to hide in the region, even not in Germany • US – ISM manufacturing may have had a timid start to Q2 Market focus • US downsi...



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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.