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  • Korea – Swap points outlook - Updated Mon May 4, 2015

    Swap points are likely to remain range-bound in Q2 and tighten in H2 given BoK’s less dovish stance from the lagged effect of previous rate cuts • We expect the swap point to reach their tightest levels by Q4-2016 but are unlikely to hit the zero b...

  • Korea – No more cuts as signs of recovery emerge - Updated Thu April 30, 2015

    • Benefits of previous rate cuts are emerging – housing market is picking up, KOSPI is rallying, credit is increasing and policy makers are becoming less dovish • We maintain our view of no rate change this year • We maintain our Neutral outlook o...

  • 30-Apr – Fed data-watching continues - Updated Wed April 29, 2015

    Top 3 data/events • China – Manufacturing sector likely still under pressure • South Korea – April trade probably softened further • Mexico – Banxico likely to hold back, awaiting the Fed’s move • Market focus • Fed statement noted recent weak...

  • 29-Apr – BCB likely to hike another 50bps - Updated Tue April 28, 2015

    Top 3 data/events • South Korea – We expect IP to have contracted in March • Taiwan – Large trade surplus likely to have supported Q1 GDP growth • Euro area – CPI likely remained in negative territory • Market focus • SELIC rate will likely be...

  • Asia data previews – 24 April-1 May 2015 - Updated Fri April 24, 2015

    BoJ may add JPY 10tn to its asset purchase programme and reconsider the inflation target timeline • BoT is likely finished with its easing cycle; the RBNZ may maintain its dovish stance but not ease as yet • China’s manufacturing sector is still u...

  • Korea – IRS curve to steepen on MBS hedging - Updated Fri April 24, 2015

    We expect the IRS 2Y/5Y and 2Y/10Y curves to steepen on MBS hedging flows 5Y-10Y KTB yields are likely to rise on increasing duration risk Discussions on a supplementary budget are likely to start in late Q2; we think the BoK will remain dovish...

  • 22-Apr – Clouds gather over the INR - Updated Tue April 21, 2015

    Top 3 data/events • Singapore – IP likely contracted again in March • Taiwan – IP data likely to have slowed due to base effects • South Korea – Q1 GDP likely to have been subdued • Market focus • India’s equity-market outperformance has stalle...

  • US shocks – Quantifying the global impact - Updated Fri April 17, 2015

    • We model and assess the impact of US monetary policy shocks and US dollar strength on economies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. • The main shock absorbers are currencies rather than real economies, except in fixed-exchange-rat...

  • 15-Apr – BoC likely to wait as jury is still out - Updated Tue April 14, 2015

    Top 3 data/events • South Korea – Sewol ferry disaster, one year on • Australia – March unemployment rate was likely unchanged at 6.3% • Philippines – Remittance growth likely rebounded; challenges ahead • Market focus • The Bank of Canada may...

  • 14-Apr – China’s growth likely slowed further - Updated Mon April 13, 2015

    Top 3 data/events • South Korea – March unemployment rate was likely subdued • Euro area – Good momentum, but the ECB will continue with QE • US – Consumers likely returned to shops in March • Market focus • China’s Q1 GDP growth may have slow...

  • Asia economy trackers – Slight improvement vs Q4 - Updated Fri April 10, 2015

    Trackers signalling stronger Q1 GDP growth outnumber those signalling weaker growth • Trackers for China, Australia and Japan suggest a soft performance in Q1-2015 • Trackers for India, South Korea, Thailand and Hong Kong indicate stronger growth ...

  • South Korea – RMPP likely to have a limited impact - Updated Fri April 10, 2015

    The government introduces a new programme for household debt restructuring • We think the programme (RMPP) will have a limited impact in mitigating household debt risk • The programme’s impact on IRS curve steepening is also likely to be limited,...

  • Asia data previews – 10-17 April 2015 - Updated Fri April 10, 2015

    China’s Q1 GDP growth may have slowed to 6.9% y/y on lower manufacturing, housing investment • Singapore’s MAS is likely to re-centre the SGD NEER in April; BI will likely keep rates on hold • The unemployment rate likely declined in South Korea ...

  • Offshore Renminbi – Pausing before a likely leap - Updated Wed April 8, 2015

    Our RGI rose 0.14% m/m in February on lower deposits in Hong Kong and slower cross-border flows • Likely inclusion of the Renminbi in the IMF’s SDR basket could lead to faster internationalisation • The launch of China’s deposit insurance scheme i...

  • 08-Apr – BoK will likely keep the base rate on hold - Updated Tue April 7, 2015

    Top 3 data/events • UK – We expect the BoE to keep the Bank Rate unchanged • Germany – Industrial production likely rose in February • US – Trilogy of Yellen-Fischer-Dudley speeches make minutes look old • Market focus • BoK will likely lower ...

  • Asia data previews – 3-10 April 2015 - Updated Fri April 3, 2015

    BoJ, RBA and RBI are likely to keep policy rates unchanged but ease further in Q2 • We also expect BoK to keep policy rates on hold for now and act on future data movements • China’s inflation and credit growth could ease, allowing room for furthe...

  • 31-Mar – BoJ’s Tankan likely to show a mixed picture - Updated Mon March 30, 2015

    Top 3 data/events • UK – We expect the manufacturing PMI to have improved further • South Korea – CPI inflation was likely low; trade surplus likely increased • China – Manufacturing sector likely remained sluggish in March • Market focus • Bo...

  • 30-Mar – Euro area is gaining momentum - Updated Sun March 29, 2015

    Top 3 data/events • South Korea – IP likely dropped during the Lunar New Year holiday • Thailand – Rising tourism income may have boosted C/A surplus • US – Soft core PCE inflation to keep September hike on track • Market focus • The euro area ...

  • 27-Mar – Investor feedback from Tokyo - Updated Thu March 26, 2015

    Top 3 data/events • Japan – Industrial production likely dropped m/m in February • South Korea – We expect sentiment to deteriorate in April • US – Q4 to be revised up slightly; personal spending up too • Market focus • Japanese investors are ...

  • Q2 – The new, new normal - Updated Fri March 20, 2015

    • Overview – In a challenging market environment, macroeconomic and policy divergence – the ‘new normal’ – remains the critical foundation of our updated views and forecasts, with the US economy, USD and US rates leading the way higher. This will ev...



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30-Apr – Fed data-watching continues

Top 3 data/events • China – Manufacturing sector likely still under pressure • South Korea – April trade probably softened further • Mexico – Banxico likely to hold back, awaiting the Fed’s move • Market focus • Fed statement noted recent weaker data but contained limited news • We...

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