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  • UK – Cut the slack - Updated Mon February 24, 2014

    • Spare capacity is key for BoE policy makers: by Q4-2014, less slack in the labour market should trigger concerns over the medium-term inflation outlook • We expect a measured hiking path equivalent to 25bps each quarter from Q1-2015 through 2016 ...

  • UK – Cut the slack! - Updated Wed February 12, 2014

    The BoE drops its unemployment threshold and is now focusing on spare capacity and productivity • Economic slack could be eliminated by early 2015, with unemployment reaching equilibrium by late 2014 • We revise up our 2014-15 GDP forecast, cut 20...

  • UK – A voyage of discovery - Updated Mon October 28, 2013

    GDP growth is strong, but faster productivity growth should delay BoE rate hikes until 2016 • Supply-side constraints and higher CPI expectations are the key risks around the BoE’s rate trajectory • FX – The GBP is starting to look vulnerable to...

  • UK – BoE adopts policy thresholds – and knockouts - Updated Wed August 7, 2013

    The BoE’s 7% unemployment rate threshold is an ‘easily understood’ measure of slack in the economy • We revise up our GDP growth forecast, but see inflation low by 2015 and push rate hikes to H2-2016 • FX: GBP will now be more sensitive to UK empl...

  • Dead-cat bounce in the GBP - Updated Mon March 18, 2013

    GBP weakness has accelerated in recent weeks as UK fundamentals continue to deteriorate • We expect additional easing from the BoE to weigh further on GBP while fiscal pressures build • We have lowered our GBP forecasts and downgraded our medium-t...

  • UK – Keep calm and carry on - Updated Wed February 13, 2013

    The BoE warns that the UK faces above-target inflation and weak growth for a prolonged period • Further policy easing looks likely to be delayed until the new governor takes over in Q3-2013 • Alternatives to QE may be favoured; there appears to b...

  • UK/Canada – Carney: A pragmatic BoE helmsman - Updated Thu November 29, 2012

    • As governor of the Bank of England from July 2013, Mark Carney is likely to face ongoing challenges • UK rates look set to stay on hold long after the BoC starts to hike; we expect more QE will be needed • FX – Expected policy continuity at both...

  • 25-May-12 – Revisiting the value in vol - Updated Thu May 24, 2012

    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 Market focus • Our call for reducing FX beta, raisi...

  • 25-Apr-12 – FOMC to hold firm - Updated Tue April 24, 2012

    Top 3 key events and data • New Zealand – Rates to remain on hold • Singapore – March industrial production likely to have fallen into negative territory • South Korea – Q1 GDP likely to have accelerated on a q/q basis Market focus • Bernanke i...



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