• The summer tourism season was even worse than expected
• But banking deposits have shown renewed resilience, strengthening a pillar of the economy
• Investors seem to remain sanguine about Lebanon bonds
• We revise our GDP growth forecast down on oil output, which is constrained by the operating environment
• The security situation has worsened substantially in recent months
• Oil potential remains vast but thwarted for now
• The non-hydrocarbon sector continues to show subpar metrics
• Moody’s has downgraded Bahrain again
• Refinery output capacity should rise by 38%
• Hydrocarbon-based economies are using their fiscal strength to drive near-term growth and diversify their economies to reduce long-term risks. Oil importers are constrained by high domestic subsidy bills and weak investment; this is hampering econ...
• Strong growth momentum to remain
• Higher twin deficits on the back of higher investment
• Political uncertainty has increased...
• Despite a modest planned increase in 2013 spending, budget oil-revenue assumptions are still optimistic
• Augmentation of revenue from Nigeria’s Excess Crude Account is still possible
• Calls for greater monetary easing, given near-term growth c...
• Gradual recovery in real GDP looks likely in 2013
• Inflation concerns mean the policy rate should remain on hold until 2014
• Oil will provide a long-term boost to growth, but production is still several years away
• Despite tightening measures, pressure on the currency has persisted
• Planned Bank of Zambia Act to allow the central bank to monitor and better regulate current account transactions
• Exporters may be required to remit earnings back to Zambia
Top 3 data/events
• China – PMI likely to slide, confirming the slowdown in manufacturing
• Indonesia – Inflation to remain at moderate levels
• South Korea – Benign inflation and sluggish trade flows to prevail
• Spain illustrates...
Top 3 data/events
• China – Slow loan growth, but the cost of financing is falling
• Taiwan – Leading indicators index likely to drop
• Thailand – Manufacturing production and trade to recover
• Our call for reducing FX beta, raisi...
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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.
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