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  • Sri Lanka – Weather woes - Updated Mon April 21, 2014

    Sri Lanka’s rice harvest will likely be affected by the ongoing drought • Food inflation should rise significantly during the summer; we expect some impact in the winter, too • If the El Niño effect materialises, headline inflation could rise to...

  • Sri Lanka – Debt dynamics - Updated Wed April 9, 2014

    Sri Lanka’s public and external-debt ratios are relatively high by emerging-market standards • LKR depreciation has been a major factor in keeping the public-debt ratio elevated • Cautious fiscal policy and a stable exchange rate could keep the ...

  • Sri Lanka – CBSL on an extended pause - Updated Fri March 21, 2014

    2013 GDP surprises on the upside, and inflation continues to fall, justifying CBSL’s status quo on rates • Q4 GDP increase in contrast to weakness in proxy growth indicators • No change likely in policy rate until Q3-2014 the earliest • The T-...

  • Sri Lanka – No surprises from the CBSL - Updated Mon February 17, 2014

    No change in monetary policy in February • Economic data shows signs of improvement, inflation is still benign • CBSL is likely to remain on hold unless economic data shows significant weakness • T-bond market response is muted; we remain Neut...

  • Sri Lanka – Waiting for the rebound - Updated Thu January 30, 2014

    We expect a marginal improvement in growth in 2014 to 7.0% (from an expected 6.8% in 2013) • The credit cycle may take some time to turn • The CBSL is on hold for now – low private-credit growth/inflation could trigger a further rate cut • The L...

  • 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...

  • Sri Lanka – Showing resilience - Updated Mon October 7, 2013

    Sri Lanka is set to consolidate its strong H1-2013 performance (average GDP growth of 6.4%) in H2. We maintain our full-year growth forecast of 6.5%, despite the central bank‟s more optimistic projection of 7.5% premised on the global recovery in H2...

  • 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...

  • Sri Lanka – Pessimism is overdone - Updated Mon July 8, 2013

    • Stable FX reserves offset the impact of Moody’s sovereign outlook revision on Sri Lankan markets • Steady growth and lower inflation underpin our constructive outlook on Sri Lanka • Inflation is likely to pick up in Q4, but the absence of furthe...

  • Sri Lanka – CBSL to pause after aggressive rate cut - Updated Thu May 16, 2013

    • CBSL has lowered policy rates by 50bps each on growth concerns; likely to remain stable until Q1-2014 • IMF cautions that inflation is still a risk but its pace is not “unduly worrying” • T-bond yields to remain range-bound on supply concerns; ...

  • BDT to lead gains in South Asia FX - Updated Mon May 13, 2013

    Muted recovery, fiscal consolidation and C/A improvement are the common themes for South Asia • Within this, the outlook for the BDT is most positive, while the PKR is expected to slide further • Political uncertainty is a key risk for the region,...

  • Asia Focus - Transforming, rebalancing, outperforming - Updated Wed March 13, 2013

    • The global economy is recovering, despite the weakness in the West. It will be difficult for the US to achieve more than 2% GDP growth this year; fiscal tightening and policy uncertainty will cast shadows on the turnaround in the housing and energ...

  • Positive Asian bond demand vs. supply in 2013 - Updated Tue January 22, 2013

    Demand and supply dynamics are favourable in South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan • Foreign demand to remain strong in 2013, particularly as RMFs shift focus back to Asia from CEMEA • Buy 10Y (LB236A) THB bonds, as curve is steep and...

  • 07-Jan-13 – Status quo for Asian central banks - Updated Sun January 6, 2013

    Top 3 data/events • Euro area – Eurostat business surveys to improve, but from low level • Sri Lanka – CBSL expected to maintain policy rates • Australia – Trade likely remained in deficit for an eleventh straight month • Market focus • Centra...

  • Sri Lanka – Set for a stronger 2013 - Updated Wed December 5, 2012

    The economy is stronger heading into 2013; we forecast GDP growth at 7.2%, CPI inflation at 7.5% • Government maintains fiscal consolidation, cuts the budget deficit target to 5.8% of GDP in 2013 • Easing inflation and policy rates amid balanced d...

  • Local Markets Compendium 2013 - Updated Fri October 5, 2012

    Local-currency emerging bond markets have seen ever greater levels of foreign demand as global investors flee from the ongoing European sovereign crisis and continue to allocate to fixed income securities. From less than USD 150bn in March 2009, for...

  • The resurgence - Updated Mon September 24, 2012

    • Asia is still partly insulated from the West – in much of the region, domestic demand has grown more strongly than exports in 2012. However, Asia has been slowing in recent months. We expect growth to turn up in H1-2013, and we forecast better gro...

  • Sri Lanka – Policy rates to stay on hold - Updated Thu June 21, 2012

    • Central bank kept rates on hold at 13 June meeting, citing a slowdown in credit growth as the key reason • We raise our inflation estimate to 7.2% from 6.7%; growth concerns outweigh inflation • We remain optimistic on the LKR in the medium ter...



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