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  • AUD – A fleeting rebound - Updated Tue September 24, 2013

    • We expect near-term range trading as poor domestic fundamentals offset a better external environment • Leveraged funds: We see value in put spreads to express a medium-term bearish view on AUD-USD • Real-money funds: Maintain AUD FX weightings a...

  • Australia – RBA to ease further; more expected in Q4 - Updated Wed July 31, 2013

    The RBA is likely to ease further; we expect a 25bps cut in August and another 25bps cut in December • Domestic data remains mixed; China’s slowdown will weigh on growth • Inflation is benign despite a mild uptick in Q2 and recent AUD depreciation...

  • Australia – RBA likely to cut again in June - Updated Wed May 29, 2013

    The RBA is likely to ease monetary policy further; we expect a 25bps cut as early as June • Domestic data has been mixed; further monetary impetus is essential to boost the economy • Inflation is benign and recent AUD-USD move lower is not an impe...

  • Australia – Reduced chance of RBA rate cut - Updated Tue July 31, 2012

    We now expect the RBA to stay put in August due to improved data and upbeat RBA comments • But benign inflation should provide the RBA the room to ease if needed, possibly by 25bps in Q4 • Beyond that, a rebound in China’s growth and Australia’s ...

  • 12-June-12 – Spectre of 17 June casts its shadow - Updated Mon June 11, 2012

    Top 3 data/events • Thailand – BoT to keep interest rates on hold • Ghana – BoG expected to hike another 100bps • United States – Small business to be range-bound in 2012 • Market focus • The Greek elections on 17 June continue to pose a threa...

  • Australia – RBA to stay dovish despite strong data - Updated Fri June 8, 2012

    Despite strong Q1 GDP and May labour-market reports, we still see the RBA staying dovish in Q3-2012 • We revise our RBA rate call, now calling for a total of 50bps more cuts in the coming months • Risk of AUD collapse mitigated by FX rebalancing o...

  • United States – Participation and unemployment - Updated Wed May 2, 2012

    • The trend in the participation rate is critical for the unemployment rate • We now expect less downward pressure on the unemployment rate from participation-rate declines • Payroll growth of 150,000 monthly, as we expect, will allow unemploymen...

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