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  • Ghana – GHS bonds: Robust returns, high risk - Updated Mon May 18, 2015

    • Elevated carry and duration gains will likely result in robust GHS bond returns over the next 12 months • Local bonds could post decent unhedged USD returns despite significant FX tail risks • Foreign investors may need to be more comfortable ...

  • 15-May – Bank Indonesia likely to lower BI rate - Updated Thu May 14, 2015

    Top 3 data/events • Japan – Machinery orders likely improved slightly in March • Thailand – Faltering exports may have dragged down Q1 growth • Ghana – BoG policy rate may remain elevated for longer than expected • Market focus • We expect BI ...

  • Bank of Ghana unexpectedly hikes by 100bps - Updated Wed May 13, 2015

    • Event • Against expectations, the Bank of Ghana (BoG) has raised its prime rate by 100bps to 22%. Although this is likely to grant some short-term reprieve to the currency, helping to stabilise the Ghana cedi (GHS) in the near term, it is unlike...

  • 12-May – China’s growth was likely weak in April [Correction] - Updated Tue May 12, 2015

    Top 3 data/events • Japan – C/A surplus likely reached a record high in March • Euro area – We expect GDP to have been buoyant in Q1 • Ghana – Monetary policy committee likely to hold prime rate at 21% • Market focus • April growth indices were...

  • 17-Feb – The Asian central bank road-show - Updated Mon February 16, 2015

    Top 3 data/events • Japan – BoJ likely to stay put at the February meeting • Malaysia – Inflation likely to remain benign for now • Ghana – MPC expected to leave interest rates unchanged • Market focus • Asian central banks remain constructive...

  • SSA rates 2015 − Battling a bearish FX bias - Updated Tue January 27, 2015

    Nigeria: Oil-price weakness and FX outlook constrain offshore bid; bonds offer value onshore • Ghana: GHS bonds look nominally attractive, despite FX, convertibility and investment-horizon risks • Kenya: KES infrastructure bonds will likely contin...

  • Ghana – All eyes on an IMF programme - Updated Fri December 12, 2014

    • In the absence of an IMF deal, meeting external financing requirements may be more difficult • Plans for faster fiscal consolidation have been unveiled; spending will be closely scrutinised • Inflation is likely to rise faster in H1; the Bank of...

  • 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...

  • 11-Nov – BoE set to signal no rate hike until H2-2015 - Updated Mon November 10, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Hong Kong – Offshore RMB market gets a boost • India – IP likely slowed in September; October CPI likely moderated • Ghana – Tightening, but format is uncertain • Market focus • We expect the BoE to lower its UK growth and ...

  • China-Africa: Trade is still growing - Updated Thu November 6, 2014

    • China-Africa trade looks likely to reach around USD 215bn in 2014 after USD 210bn in 2013 • Trade growth of 2.3% up to August 2014 was a sharp drop from the trend over the last decade • Trade performance with China across SSA is varied; there ...

  • 17-Sep – Expectations for FOMC: Too far too fast? - Updated Tue September 16, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Malaysia – We expect another 25bps hike • Euro area – We expect September TLTRO take-up of EUR 125-150bn • Ghana – BoG likely to pause tightening cycle at September MPC • Market focus • FOMC meeting: A moderately more hawki...

  • Ghana – A high debt penalty - Updated Tue June 10, 2014

    • Despite the promise of greater oil & gas output in the medium term, Ghana faces significant challenges • Investors continue to demand higher premia for taking on Ghana risk • Limiting the fiscal deficit as a % of GDP to single digits will be...

  • Africa overview - This time (still) for Africa - Updated Tue June 10, 2014

    • Further ECB easing provides a boost to African frontier markets; Kenya an early beneficiary • We look for spikes in USD-NGN to enter short-term FGN bill positions • IMF funding may be a potential positive for Ghana, as it was for Zambia...

  • 02-Apr – Deflating ECB rate-cut expectations - Updated Tue April 1, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Australia – We forecast continued strength in retail and external trade • Ghana – The Bank of Ghana likely to keep prime rate on hold at 18% • Brazil – COPOM expected to hike once more • Market focus • The ECB will likely c...

  • Ghana – In support of the GHS - Updated Wed February 5, 2014

    Ahead of the first MPC meeting of 2014, the Bank of Ghana issues new details on FX regulations • Existing regulations regarding export proceeds are restated • Rules on the operation of foreign-currency accounts are modified • Foreign-exchange bu...

  • 18-Nov – The Plenum delivered! - Updated Sun November 17, 2013

    Top 3 data/events • Australia – RBA minutes to reflect its cautious view • Turkey – CBRT set to leave its policy rate on hold at 4.5% • Ghana – Pace of fiscal consolidation will be closely watched • Market focus • China rolls out biggest econo...

  • 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...

  • Ghana – The long road to fiscal consolidation - Updated Tue October 8, 2013

    • Slower H1 GDP suggests that last year’s public-sector wage hikes did not have a lasting impact on growth • Utility and fuel price adjustments are encouraging, but a large debt service burden and weak budget flexibility will curb pro-growth spendi...

  • 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...



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Top 3 data/events • Japan – Machinery orders likely improved slightly in March • Thailand – Faltering exports may have dragged down Q1 growth • Ghana – BoG policy rate may remain elevated for longer than expected • Market focus • We expect BI to lower the BI rate by 25bps, but keep the...

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