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  • Linking EM reallocations to Indonesian inflows - Updated Mon April 14, 2014

    We stay Neutral on Indonesian rates risk; we examine one of the positive external influences • New data shows a strong link between Russian, Turkish outflows and Indonesian inflows in Q1-2014 • The benefits for Indonesia, which we expect to conti...

  • Global trade unbundled - Updated Wed April 9, 2014

    Expanding supply chains and increased openness drove rapid trade growth in past decades • But trade has been weak since the 2008-09 crisis; there is talk of a structural slowdown • We believe the outlook is improving and trade will soon grow fas...

  • 20-Mar – Colombia's gain is other EMs' pain - Updated Wed March 19, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • China – Further heavy corporate FX selling in February • Malaysia – Inflation likely to remain on an uptrend • Mexico – Our MFCI still shows tight monetary conditions • Market focus • Colombia’s weight in EM bond indices w...

  • SC FIRST – Buy 10Y South African bonds - Updated Fri March 14, 2014

    South African bonds are well placed to benefit from the new and strongly positive EM bond signals • Our directional signal has now turned positive: investors in aggregate are now buying, not selling • Our spread signal has now turned positive, s...

  • MXN – Don’t beat a dead piñata - Updated Thu February 27, 2014

    Enthusiasm for reform leaves scope for disappointment, especially with bond positioning crowded • The external environment is changing and the MXN is vulnerable to more US data misses • Leveraged funds: We recommend buying 3M USD-MXN call spreads ...

  • Mexico – Not quite there yet - Updated Tue February 4, 2014

    The approved energy reform is expected to have a significant impact on long-term growth • In the short term, growth remains soft; we revise lower our 2014 GDP forecast to 3.0% from 3.8% prior • Moderate growth and contained core inflation will l...

  • SC IMM: Positioning risks show AUD ‘Buy’ signal - Updated Mon January 13, 2014

    Our SC IMM positioning heatmap suggests AUD may see a major short-term rally • Leveraged net shorts in the AUD vs. the USD, EUR, GBP and NZD reach sample extremes • Leveraged funds should buy 1M EUR-AUD, GBP-AUD put spreads...

  • 12-Dec – China’s on/offshore liquidity contrast - Updated Wed December 11, 2013

    Top 3 data/events • Singapore – Retail sales likely contracted at a slower pace in October • US – Robust auto sales likely boosted holiday retail sales • Latam – A busy day across the region on Thursday • Market focus • Central Economic Work ...

  • Introducing SC IMM: A reassessment of the IMM data - Updated Tue December 10, 2013

    We introduce our SC IMM heatmap to leverage off the CFTC/IMM’s disaggregated FX position data • This unique tool provides strong signals of extreme positioning skew and potential FX trading indicators • Back-testing confirms that SC IMM and our me...

  • 05-Nov – Losing sight of the forest for the trees - Updated Wed December 4, 2013

    Top 3 data/events • Malaysia – Trade activity likely picked up in October • Germany – October factory orders expected to have turned down • Mexico – Progress on energy reform; Banxico expected to stand pat • Market focus • Underlying US growt...



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20-Mar – Colombia's gain is other EMs' pain

Top 3 data/events • China – Further heavy corporate FX selling in February • Malaysia – Inflation likely to remain on an uptrend • Mexico – Our MFCI still shows tight monetary conditions • Market focus • Colombia’s weight in EM bond indices will rise • This will likely have a...

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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.