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  • US shocks – Quantifying the global impact - Updated Fri April 17, 2015

    • We model and assess the impact of US monetary policy shocks and US dollar strength on economies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. • The main shock absorbers are currencies rather than real economies, except in fixed-exchange-rat...

  • Nigeria – Inflation quickened in run-up to elections - Updated Tue April 7, 2015

    The headline Standard Chartered-Premise Consumer Price Tracker for Nigeria rises 0.6% m/m in March • Price rises in several categories are offset by weak demand for discretionary meat and fish products • Impact of election spending and FX weakness...

  • Nigeria’s Presidential Election – The Aftermath - Updated Thu April 2, 2015

    You are cordially invited to join us for an exclusive conference call presentation on Tuesday 7 April 2015 at 2:00PM London (BST) with: •Razia Khan, Managing Director and Chief Economist, Africa •Samir Gadio, Head, Africa Strategy, FICC Research ...

  • Nigeria – March BSI rises to 61.0 from series-low - Updated Tue March 31, 2015

    Nigeria’s March BSI increases to 61.0 from a series-low of 57.9 in February • Output and orders rise to their highest levels since December 2014 • FX availability may yet emerge as a constraint on business sentiment...

  • Kenya – March BSI: Positive expectations - Updated Tue March 31, 2015

    Kenya’s BSI rebounds strongly in March to 60.6 from 47.0 in February • Sentiment is more positive across the board – 12 of the 15 current conditions indicators rose in March • Kenyan demand is accelerating; both production and new orders rise str...

  • 25-Mar – Reading SARB signals - Updated Tue March 24, 2015

    Top 3 data/events • Hong Kong – February export data likely distorted by Lunar New Year • Singapore – We expect IP to have contracted in January-February • Euro area – Pick-up in credit cycle likely continued in February • Market focus • We ...

  • ZAR – Near-term concerns, medium-term value - Updated Fri March 20, 2015

    USD-ZAR likely to see further upside in Q2; we raise our 2015 FX forecasts, still anticipating a Q2 peak • In line with our new FX forecasts, we downgrade our short-term FX weighting on the ZAR to Neutral • We upgrade our medium-term ZAR FX weigh...

  • 17-Mar – Further SSA currency weakness likely - Updated Mon March 16, 2015

    Top 3 data/events • Japan – Trade data likely disappointed in February • Malaysia – We expect inflation to have slowed further in February • UK – We expect unanimous MPC and robust labour-market data • Market focus • USD-NGN is likely to adjus...

  • 16-Mar – BoJ will likely move in April not March - Updated Sun March 15, 2015

    Top 3 data/events • Singapore - We expect modest NODX growth in January-February • Turkey – CBRT will likely keep rates unchanged • South Africa – C/A deficit to highlight ongoing vulnerability • Market focus • We expect no BoJ easing at the 16...

  • Nigeria – SC-PCPT up; monetary policy seen on hold - Updated Mon March 9, 2015

    The Standard-Chartered Premise Consumer Price Tracker shows a 0.4% m/m increase in February Price pressures are more pronounced following an end to FX subsidies via the RDAS We expect pressure on the FX rate to be sustained ahead of planned electi...



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25-Mar – Reading SARB signals

Top 3 data/events • Hong Kong – February export data likely distorted by Lunar New Year • Singapore – We expect IP to have contracted in January-February • Euro area – Pick-up in credit cycle likely continued in February • Market focus • We expect the SARB to leave the repo rate...

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