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  • Nigeria stops RDAS FX sales - Updated Wed February 18, 2015

    Event • According to a statement published by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the RDAS/ WDAS window under which foreign exchange was previously available at a subsidised rate will effectively be discontinued. Going forward, all demand for FX wi...

  • 15-Dec – Fed: Considerably patient - Updated Sun December 14, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Singapore - NODX expansion expected due to favourable base effect • Euro area – December PMI will likely improve marginally • Nigeria – November CPI likely to reflect FX weakness • Market focus • We think the Fed will repla...

  • Nigeria – Elections and oil fears - Updated Fri December 12, 2014

    • Weak oil earnings contribute to Nigeria’s structural challenges; more reform is anticipated • Fiscal policy in 2015 plans to adopt a scenario-based approach to accommodate the weaker oil price • Elections still represent a key risk; the NGN is l...

  • Africa – 2015: The winners and the losers - Updated Tue December 2, 2014

    GDP growth will likely remain robust in 2015; oil prices will be a key differentiator • Interplay between domestic politics and resource taxation regimes will be closely watched • Expectations of rising resource revenue have driven Eurobond issuan...

  • Nigeria – CBN hikes rates, devalues RDAS FX rate - Updated Tue November 25, 2014

    CBN raises the MPR to 13% and the CRR on private-sector deposits to 20% • RDAS mid-point moved to 168 from 155 • Short USD-NGN carry trade looks moderately more attractive...

  • 24-Nov – CBN response is key to NGN stability - Updated Sun November 23, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Singapore – Final Q3 GDP may be revised slightly higher • Philippines – Trade balance to remain neutral on subdued imports • Hong Kong – October exports to reflect lingering external headwinds • Market focus • CBN MPC meeti...

  • Nigeria – Policy changes - Updated Thu November 6, 2014

    Central Bank of Nigeria announces changes to its Standing Deposit Facility • SDF deposits by institutions in excess of NGN 7.5bn will no longer be remunerated • More categories of FX demand are excluded from the official RDAS window • Short-dated...

  • 19-Sep – China: PBoC faces an easing dilemma - Updated Thu September 18, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Nigeria – Central bank expected to keep interest rates on hold • Taiwan – Rising export orders likely boosted employment, confidence • EM FX – New ZAR, TRY forecasts, going Underweight short-term ZAR • Market focus • The P...

  • 21-Jul – AXJ impact if Ukraine crisis escalates - Updated Sun July 20, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Australia – Inflation likely edged up, but mildly, to 3.0% y/y in Q2 • Nigeria – CBN expected to keep interest rates on hold • United States – July CPI should remain firm, but it is still ‘noisy’ • Market focus • If Ukrain...

  • 19-May − India: A strong electoral mandate - Updated Sun May 18, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Taiwan – Steady tech demand likely supported April export orders • Nigeria – We expect the CBN to hold policy steady • UK – Inflation seems set to stay below target, for now • Market focus • NDA set to form the next gover...

  • Nigeria – Time to adjust the FX band - Updated Mon March 24, 2014

    Some stability has returned to the FX market recently • However, this is largely because of CBN intervention • FX reserves are down almost 12% since the January MPC meeting • We believe the CBN will adjust the NGN FX band at the March MPC meeting...

  • 24-Mar – Revising our SGD rates forecasts - Updated Sun March 23, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Vietnam – Q1 GDP likely grew 5.0% y/y • Nigeria – S&P says CreditWatch Negative, MPC may change FX band • Germany – Geopolitical fears may dampen IFO survey in March • Market focus • We revise our SGD rates forecast sl...

  • 27-Nov – Fine-tuning our G10 FX and Africa forecasts - Updated Tue November 26, 2013

    Top 3 data/events • Philippines – GDP growth likely remained robust in Q3 • Africa – Adjusting some of our FX and rates forecasts • Brazil – COPOM to deliver another 50bps hike; minutes are in focus • Market focus • We are adjusting selected ...

  • 19-Nov – Korea’s current account cross-over - Updated Mon November 18, 2013

    Top 3 data/events • Malaysia – Inflation likely accelerated in October • Taiwan – October export orders to show a pick-up in overseas demand • Nigeria – MPR on hold, other tightening measures are difficult to rule out • Market focus • Japan’s...

  • Africa Focus – Long-term fundamentals - Updated Tue October 8, 2013

    • The Fed’s decision to postpone tapering QE in September led to a relief rally in some markets. In others, the focus on more negative credit fundamentals remains. With tapering of QE still expected eventually, we look at the underlying trend in mor...

  • Nigeria – Economic implications of PDP’s split - Updated Tue October 8, 2013

    • Political developments in Nigeria increase near-term uncertainty • With politics taking centre-stage earlier than expected, there are upside risks to outlined spending plans • Any threat to the PDP’s majority in the National Assembly could poten...

  • 23-Sep – India – The RBI’s hawkish twist - Updated Sun September 22, 2013

    Top 3 data/events • Germany – Business optimum persists in the run-up to the election • Nigeria – FX policy in focus at MPC meeting • US – Consumer confidence likely eroded; home prices on the rise • Market focus • Hawkish RBI is likely to inc...

  • 22-Jul – China liberalises domestic lending rate - Updated Sun July 21, 2013

    Top 3 data/events • Taiwan – IP likely rose due to a pick-up in tech demand • Singapore – CPI inflation likely remained low • Nigeria – CBN expected to keep interest rates on hold at 12% • Market focus • PBoC eliminates lending-rate floor, ef...

  • Africa overview – Brighter prospects ahead - Updated Tue July 16, 2013

    • Growth momentum in Sub-Saharan Africa remains largely positive, despite uncertainty related to Fed tapering expectations and slowing trend growth in China • African economies will not be impacted uniformly by a reduction in QE. More liquid marke...

  • Nigeria – The political cycle and policy - Updated Tue July 16, 2013

    • Rising FAAC allocations, improved budget implementation and legislation that may allow for elections to be held before 2015 hint at the start of a political cycle in Nigeria • Oil revenue has disappointed. However, Nigeria’s willingness to dip i...



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