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  • 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...

  • 28-Aug – The Asian ‘reality check’ - Updated Tue August 27, 2013

    Top 3 data/events • Philippines – GDP growth likely remained robust in Q2 • South Korea – Slight improvement in IP is expected • Italy – Improving sentiment despite political uncertainty • Market focus • Talk of Asia being in a 1997-98-style ...

  • 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...

  • 03-Jan-13 – Cliff-hanger, the sequel - Updated Wed January 2, 2013

    Top 3 data/events • Japan – Domestic investors likely stepped up foreign bond purchases • Philippines – CPI inflation momentum probably accelerated • Singapore – PMI likely to reflect subdued sentiment • Market focus • The US avoided the fisca...

  • 10-Dec-12 – Turning ‘Twist’ into a super-sized QE3 - Updated Sun December 9, 2012

    Top 3 data/events • Indonesia – BI rate likely to remain unchanged in December • Philippines – Favourable base effect to support Q4 export growth • Malaysia – Industrial production likely slowed in October • Market focus • The US Federal Reser...

  • 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...

  • 10-Sep-12 – FOMC’s toughest choice in 2012 - Updated Sun September 9, 2012

    Top 3 data/events • Philippines – Export growth to benefit from encouraging demand • New Zealand – RBNZ is likely to keep rates low and steady • China – The divergence between USD-CNY spot and fix is no more • Market focus • We do not think US...

  • 14-June-12 – Relative value in Asian local markets - Updated Wed June 13, 2012

    Top 3 data/events • Japan – No expected change in BoJ’s policy rate and asset purchases • Philippines – April should show healthy growth in remittances • United States – Headline weakness takes time to hit the core • Market focus • Investors s...

  • 13-June-12 – Firmer ground for the RBI to cut rates - Updated Tue June 12, 2012

    Top 3 data/events • Philippines – BSP is likely to keep rates on hold for the remainder of 2012 • Euro area – Chancellor Merkel to outline her stance ahead of the G20 meeting • US – We forecast weaker-than-consensus May retail sales • Market foc...

  • 03-May-12 – Doves in Europe, hawks in Asia - Updated Wed May 2, 2012

    Top 3 key events and data • Singapore – April PMI should move further into expansionary territory • Philippines – CPI should tick marginally downwards • US – Payrolls to remain anaemic Market focus • ECB’s likely more dovish stance set to contr...

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Global Focus - The world in transition

The world economy is in transition. Global growth rates are picking up, but transition means elevated risks and volatility. In terms of global implications, all eyes will be on the US and China, with the US normalising monetary policy and China rebalancing its economy.