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  • Cross-currents and vulnerability in AXJ currencies - Updated Tue March 17, 2015

    Asian currency performance has varied significantly this year, in line with our ‘cross-currents’ call • USD-AXJ is likely to see further upside in Q2 on valuation, policy divergence and flow volatility • We raise higher our USD-CNY, USD-IDR, USD-M...

  • PKR rallies on aid inflows, but no change in FX policy - Updated Wed March 19, 2014

    • USD-PKR has rallied 10% to 99 since end-2013 on FX aid flows, improving sentiment • However, fundamentals are weak - the trade deficit is widening, FX reserves are below comfort levels • Short-term gains to persist; we forecast PKR at 98 by Ju...

  • Asia Focus – Clearing skies - Updated Wed October 9, 2013

    We see growth improving across the region, despite recent financial-market distress. Fretting over the growth outlook because of portfolio outflows is missing the point, in our view. We think more optimism is in order, as simultaneous growth in majo...

  • Local Markets Compendium 2014 - Updated Mon October 7, 2013

    To paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of the death of EM bond markets have been greatly exaggerated. Increased global allocations to local EM bond markets have been not cyclical but primarily structural in nature, reflecting these markets’ rising ec...

  • 07-Oct – Asian central banks to maintain status quo - Updated Sun October 6, 2013

    Top 3 data/events • Pakistan – PKR is under pressure due to declining FX reserves • India – SIGMA provides a mildly bullish signal for duration in October • Germany – PMIs suggest a healthy pick-up in factory orders • Market focus • BI and Bo...

  • Pakistan – SBP hikes policy rates by 50bps - Updated Mon September 16, 2013

    • SBP raises policy rates by 50bps at its 13 September meeting; timing surprises the market • Central bank highlights inflation’s sharp acceleration and the weak balance of payment position • SBP raises headline CPI projection for FY14 to 11-12%...

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