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  • South Africa – Some positives from the budget - Updated Wed February 26, 2014

    We give our initial reaction to the budget – there are some positives for local markets • The Treasury targets faster fiscal consolidation for the current year and the medium term • Delivery risk will be linked both to the external environment a...

  • 26-Feb – EM-21: Bearish GBP, bullish CAD - Updated Tue February 25, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Taiwan – Decline in leading indicators index is probably temporary • Euro area – Weak lending data takes the shine off sentiment surveys • Brazil – COPOM’s hiking cycle: The end is near • Market focus • EM-21 central-bank ...

  • CNY – Two-way volatility now, band widening later - Updated Tue February 25, 2014

    The Chinese authorities are finally delivering on two-way variability in USD-CNY and USD-CNH • This is aimed at changing CNY/CNH investment characteristics rather than signalling a new CNY trend • We see two-way USD-CNY volatility, fix/spot conve...

  • Sell GBP-CAD - Updated Tue February 25, 2014

    Our SC IMM positioning model is showing a ‘Sell’ signal for GBP-CAD, pointing to a downside correction • Canada’s fundamentals have improved; short-term factors are supporting the GBP, despite weaker data • We are adding GBP-CAD shorts to the Stan...

  • 25-Feb – Singapore investor roundtable: Optimistic bears - Updated Mon February 24, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Singapore – January industrial production likely softer • Hong Kong – Scaling back one-off fiscal concessions • South Africa – Fiscal consolidation in an election year • Market focus • We held a Singapore investor roundtabl...

  • UK – Cut the slack - Updated Mon February 24, 2014

    • Spare capacity is key for BoE policy makers: by Q4-2014, less slack in the labour market should trigger concerns over the medium-term inflation outlook • We expect a measured hiking path equivalent to 25bps each quarter from Q1-2015 through 2016 ...

  • SC IMM: ‘Sell’ signal in GBP-CAD on crowded longs - Updated Mon February 24, 2014

    Our SC IMM positioning model is showing a ‘Sell’ signal for GBP-CAD, pointing to a downside correction • Net GBP-CAD longs are at historical extremes, while fundamentals suggest the uptrend is exhausted • Leveraged funds should buy 1M GBP-CAD put ...

  • 24-Feb – Brazil: The BCB’s juggling act - Updated Sun February 23, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Philippines – Trade deficit likely widened on stronger import growth • Hong Kong – Export data was likely distorted by Lunar New Year • Vietnam – February data expected to be distorted by Lunar New Year • Market focus • We...

  • Gambia – Debt worries - Updated Fri February 21, 2014

    High public-debt ratio (80% of GDP) and threat to macroeconomic stability are major concerns • Greater external borrowing, fixed-exchange-rate policy strain FX reserves • We expect continuing pressure on the GMD and expect high interest rates to ...

  • SCTF – Bullish flow signal for PHP - Updated Fri February 21, 2014

    • In January, our clients were large USD sellers vs. CNY and MYR; large USD buyers vs. IDR, TWD, CNH • Our custodian clients were sellers of USD vs. INR and CNY; buyers of USD vs. CNH, TWD and PHP • Short USD positioning is large vs. KRW, INR and ...

  • 21-Feb – China FX reform ahead of G20 - Updated Thu February 20, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Singapore – Inflation probably remained benign in January • Taiwan – IP growth likely dipped in January due to the seasonal effect • Germany – IFO expectations to gauge corporate sentiment • Market focus • Chinese authoriti...

  • 20-Feb – Fed QE taper on auto pilot - Updated Wed February 19, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Hong Kong – Steady inflation continues • Brazil – All eyes on January’s balance of payments data • Chile – What lies beneath • Market focus • January’s minutes show that the bar to pause Fed QE tapering remains very high ...

  • CAD – Turning more cautious for now - Updated Wed February 19, 2014

    We think the deterioration in the Canadian economy is now ‘in the price’ for USD-CAD, at least for now • Canada’s macro backdrop has improved somewhat, while economic data from the US has softened • We expect this to be a temporary USD-CAD correct...

  • Sell SGD-TWD via 3M NDFs - Updated Wed February 19, 2014

    We expect TWD underperformance to reverse on better China data and more stable capital flows • TWD has so far lagged the KRW rebound, in the context of the USD pullback, but we look for catch-up • We recommend selling SGD-TWD, looking for this cro...

  • Sell THB vs. 50/50 USD and EUR - Updated Wed February 19, 2014

    We forecast USD-THB at 34.00 at end-Q2 on slowing growth, political deadlock • Technicals are turning bullish for USD-THB again; our SCTF data indicates light positioning in USD-THB • THB-US 10Y spread has fallen which according to our PCA analysi...

  • 19-Feb – Kurodanomics ‘works’ again - Updated Tue February 18, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Taiwan – Export orders likely declined due to seasonal effects • Euro area – Flash PMIs to boost confidence on recovery • Japan – Fast import growth but slower exports likely in January • Market focus • The BoJ surprised...

  • 18-Feb – No change in the PBoC’s policy stance - Updated Mon February 17, 2014

    • Top 3 data/events • Malaysia – CPI inflation likely edged up further in January • UK – BoE minutes to echo Inflation Report as unemployment falls to 7% • South Africa – January CPI inflation a key focus • Market focus • Credit growth was...

  • 17-Feb – Ironing out our AUD view - Updated Sun February 16, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Australia – RBA minutes likely to show comfort about the recovery • Japan – BoJ likely to maintain its pace of asset purchases • Turkey – CBRT expected to stay on hold • Market focus • We have cut our iron ore forecasts on ...

  • FX volatility – Identifying patterns in slopes (1) - Updated Fri February 14, 2014

    • We investigate volatility slopes for EUR-USD, GBP-USD, EUR-JPY and USD-JPY • We find similar statistical profiles and mean-reverting properties across currency pairs • We find that on average the volatility slopes considered for these pairs mean...

  • 14-Feb – USD strength to be delayed but not reversed - Updated Thu February 13, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • Japan – Consumption and investment likely boosted Q4-2013 GDP • Singapore – Exports may remain positive despite potential distortion • Thailand – Political unrest likely took its toll on Q4-2013 GDP • Market focus • The US...



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17-Apr – China: Growth momentum slowed in Q1

Top 3 data/events • Japan – Trade deficit likely remained given import re-acceleration • Taiwan – Overseas demand likely supported export orders • US – Yellen sticks to her script in NY speech • Market focus • China’s Q1 GDP slowed to 7.4% y/y as credit and housing sales decelerated...

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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.