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June 10, 2024

RBI’s Balanced Act: Steady Rates and a Promising FY25 Outlook
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June 10, 2024 9:24 AM UTC

The Reserve Bank of India's Monetary Policy Committee, led by Governor Shaktikanta Das, chose to keep the repo rate unchanged at 6.5% for the seventh consecutive time, aiming to  ensure that the disinflationary process sustained. Growth is expected to be robust in FY25, while inflation risks are el

June 04, 2024

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India Elections: Early Trends Point to a Weakened BJP Government
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June 4, 2024 2:02 PM UTC

Election counting trends indicate that the BJP-led NDA is on track to secure 290 seats, with the BJP projected to win 235-240 seats. The INDIA alliance is expected to secure around 230 seats. Final results will be announced later tonight. A weakened BJP is expected to form a government with its alli

June 03, 2024

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Modi's Marathon: Exit Polls Predict Third Term with Sweeping Majority
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June 3, 2024 12:59 PM UTC

Exit polls for the 2024 general elections indicate another Modi wave. The markets have welcomed the exit poll results and the overall business sentiment is euphoric. Exit polls forecast a landslide victory for the BJP-led NDA, with projections nearing the '400' mark. The BJP has also secured a signi

May 28, 2024

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Indonesia CPI Preview: Food Prices to Maintain Pressure
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May 28, 2024 10:11 AM UTC

Indonesia’s consumer price inflation is expected to remain broadly stable at the 3% y-o-y mark in May. Supply disruption due to floods in Sumatra region alongside persistent high food prices will keep price pressures elevated. 

May 27, 2024

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Votes to Volatility: Potential Market Outcomes and Policy Directions Post Elections
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May 27, 2024 6:47 AM UTC

As India’s month long 2024 General Elections are almost coming to a close, lower voter turnout has increased uncertainty despite expectations of a BJP victory. While we still expect a BJP victory, the markets are becoming increasingly cautious. A decisive BJP win would likely strengthen the rupee

May 22, 2024

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Bank Indonesia Holds Firm on Rates: A Steady Hand for Currency Stability
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May 22, 2024 9:29 AM UTC

Bank Indonesia in a pro-stability move decided to maintain the key policy rate at 6.25% today. The move comes at a time when the wakness in the Indonesia Rupiah has abated and headline inflation has edged down. Despite improving stability, a rate cut is not in sight in the near term. 

May 14, 2024

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India Inflation Review: Sticky Prices to Keep RBI Cautious
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May 14, 2024 3:54 AM UTC

India’s consumer price inflation eased amrginally to 4.83% yr/yr in April, reflecting lower fuel and light prices. The government cut prices of LPG cylinders in India ahead of the elections. However, food price pressures persist despite various supply side measures, underscoring the sticky nature

May 13, 2024

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Watts at Stake: India's Looming Power Shortage
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May 13, 2024 6:58 AM UTC

India's power sector faces rising demand and power shortages, sparking fears of the most significant power shortfall in a decade. With coal imports continuing to rise and hydropower generation declining, India's aim to become a manufacturing hub could become challenging. Energy transition is likely

May 10, 2024

Benign Inflation Allows BNM to Hold Rate
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May 10, 2024 9:24 AM UTC

In its latest decision, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) opted to keep the overnight policy rate (OPR) steady at 3.0%, marking the seventh consecutive meeting without a change. This decision aligns with market projections and underscores BNM's commitment to support g

May 07, 2024

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Indonesia Q4 GDP Review: Robust Start to 2024
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May 7, 2024 1:22 PM UTC

Bottom line: Indonesia's Q1 GDP — released on May 6 — saw growth rebound to 5.1% yr/yr from 4.90% yr/yr in Q4 2023. While private consumption continued its ascent, government expenditure emerged as the key driver of Indonesia's growth narrative. Private consumption was supported by festive deman

May 03, 2024

Indonesia CPI Review: Inflation Inches Down but BI on Alert
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May 3, 2024 10:33 AM UTC

Indonesia’s consumer price inflation eased marginally to 3% yr/yr in April on the back of declining food prices. Despite the easing, food price remain the key inflationary factor. Additionally, imported inflation as the IDR comes under pressure could keep inflation elevated in the near term. Bank

April 29, 2024

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Indonesia CPI Preview: Food Prices to Push Up CPI in April
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April 29, 2024 1:25 PM UTC

Indonesia’s consumer price inflation in expected to continue to trend upward in April. Food prices, alongside higher transportation price growth will drive up inflation. Furthermore, increased demand during Ramadan will also weigh on headline inflation. 

Indonesia: MPC Review: Bank Indonesia Surprises With A Rate Hike
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April 29, 2024 11:26 AM UTC

In a pre-emptive move to both curb inflationary pressures and safeguard the Indonesia Rupiah (IDR) against furhter depreciation, Bank Indonesia, in a surprise move, increased its main policy rate by 25 bps to 6.25%. However, further rate hikes are not expected as the central bank remains wary of hur

April 26, 2024

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Headwinds To Long-term Global Growth
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April 26, 2024 9:30 AM UTC

Bottom line: While much focus is on the cyclical economic position to determine 2024 monetary policy prospects, the 2025-28 structural growth trajectory differs to the pre 2020 GDP trajectory for major economies.  While global fragmentation has a role to play, aging populations are already having a

April 23, 2024

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Indonesia: MPC Preview: Bank Indonesia to Hold Rate Despite Currency Volatility
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April 23, 2024 11:12 AM UTC

With inflation within target range and the need to defend the currency amid global uncertainties and US dollar strength, Bank Indonesia (BI) is likely to extend its pause on rate adjustments in the upcoming monetary policy meeting on April 24. BI remains committed to stabilising the Indonesian rupia

April 22, 2024

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Indonesian Court Delivers Verdict: Prabowo prevails
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April 22, 2024 3:18 PM UTC

The Constitutional Court dismissed cases against Vice President Gibran Rakabuming Raka and President Joko Widodo. In Gibran's case, the court didn't disqualify him from running for president but sanctioned the election committee for not amending regulations following a previous ruling. This ruling l

April 17, 2024

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Asia Country Risk Ratings
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April 17, 2024 3:00 PM UTC

We provide country risk reviews for Asia countries including China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Taiwan.  

April 15, 2024

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India Inflation: Risks Tilted to the Upside
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April 15, 2024 12:35 PM UTC

India's inflation trajectory in March 2024 showcased divergent trends in both consumer and wholesale price indices. While consumer inflation dipped to its lowest in ten months at 4.9% y/y, wholesale inflation rose to 0.5% y/y, driven by surging food prices. The outlook suggests gradual WPI escalatio

April 11, 2024

RBI Holds Rates Firm, Citing Room for Economic Growth
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April 11, 2024 5:44 AM UTC

In line with our expectations, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) chose to maintain the policy repo rate at 6.5% in its latest meeting. The decision reflects their aim to gradually scale back stimulus measures while still supporting economic growth. It also unders

April 04, 2024

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RBI to stand pat in April
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April 4, 2024 7:25 AM UTC

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is gearing up to announce its first monetary policy decision for FY25 (April-March) on April 5. For the upcoming meeting, we anticipate that the RBI will likely keep the repo rate unchanged at 6.5%, given the optimistic outlook for economic growth and still elevated i

April 03, 2024

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March Outlook: Europe in Focus, Then Elections Around the World
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April 3, 2024 9:00 AM UTC

April 02, 2024

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Asset Allocation: Pausing for Breath
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April 2, 2024 9:00 AM UTC

Into Q2, data and policy (actual and perceived) will dominate DM markets. The ECB will likely take the spotlight with a 25bps cut on June 7, as the Fed face a better growth/more fiscal policy expansion and a tighter labor market than the EZ but also with a better productivity backdrop and outlook to

April 01, 2024

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Indonesia CPI Review: Ramadan Demand Drives Up Inflation
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April 1, 2024 1:33 PM UTC

Indonesia's latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) data has revealed a notable acceleration in inflation, surpassing expectations and marking the highest rate since August 2023. The surge, driven primarily by heightened demand during the fasting month of Ramadan, highlights significant price pressures ac

March 27, 2024

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March Outlook: Europe in Focus, Then Elections Around the World
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March 27, 2024 9:00 AM UTC

March 25, 2024

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Outlook Overview: Europe in Focus, Then Elections Around the World
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March 25, 2024 11:15 AM UTC

March 22, 2024

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Asia/Pacific (ex-China/Japan) Outlook: Election Spending to Drive Growth
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March 22, 2024 12:18 PM UTC

·       In 2024, growth trends across emerging Asia will exhibit a mixed pattern. Encouragingly, there will be a resurgence in demand for global electronics following a period of stagnation in 2022‑23, which will provide a boost to regional trade. Moreover, the initiation of monetary policy

March 20, 2024

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China Outlook: The Struggle to Hit 5% Growth
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March 20, 2024 11:00 AM UTC

China’s 5% growth target will likely be tough to meet with residential property investment likely to knock 1.0-1.5% off GDP and net exports a small negative. With sluggish private investment, this means some of the old engines of growth are not firing.  Some additional fiscal stimulus will likely

March 18, 2024

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Bank Indonesia to Retain Policy Rate
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March 18, 2024 5:40 AM UTC

Bank Indonesia (BI) will likely maintain the key 7-day reverse repo rate unchanged in March at 6%, in line with recent trends. The stability of the rupiah remains a crucial consideration for BI, alongside CPI inflation, which has moderated within the new target band of 2.5+/-1%. 

March 11, 2024

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Elections to Keep Asia in Limelight in 2024
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March 11, 2024 9:05 AM UTC

2024 is turning out to be a significant year for the Asian political scene. At the start of the year, eight countries were scheduled to hold elections this year, with close to 2.2bn people voting this year across emerging Asian economies. 
With elections now over in four of the eight countries, the

March 08, 2024

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India's Q3 GDP: Strong But Uneven Growth
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March 8, 2024 2:30 PM UTC

India's economic landscape witnessed a remarkable upswing in Q3-FY24, with a real GDP growth rate of 8.4%,  surpassing both street estimates and the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) projections. This surge not only solidifies India's position as the fastest-growing major economy globally but also unde

March 07, 2024

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Bank Indonesia to Look Beyond Recent Uptick in Consumer Price Index
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March 7, 2024 4:06 AM UTC

Indonesia's Consumer Price Index (CPI) data released by the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) indicates a notable uptick in inflation, reaching 2.75% y/y in February compared to 2.57% y/y in January. The three-month high inflation rate was primarily propelled by surging food prices, aligning with expe

March 06, 2024

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Asia Country Risk Ratings
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March 6, 2024 11:00 AM UTC

We provide country risk reviews for Asia countries including China, Malaysia, Philippines and Taiwan.  

February 28, 2024

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Indonesia Preview: CPI to remain broadly stable
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February 28, 2024 3:29 PM UTC

Indonesia’s February inflation is likely to remain broadly stable. Food prices will maintain upward pressures but a tight monetary stance will keep headline inflation in check. Increased demand ahead of Ramadan could see prices spike in March. 

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India Elections: Political Manoeuvres Unfold
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February 28, 2024 9:00 AM UTC

The Rajya Sabha (upper house) elections in India saw a mix of strategic moves, unexpected contests and the assertion of political dominance. While 41 out of 56 leaders secured their seats unopposed, the remaining 15 seats, distributed across the states of Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Karnatak

February 26, 2024

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Farmers March to Delhi as Government Proposal Rejected Amid Election Tensions
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February 26, 2024 7:35 AM UTC

In India, widespread farmer protests persist, demanding Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for all commodities, pensions and debt forgiveness. Despite multiple negotiations, the recent central government proposal to purchase specific crops at MSP for five years was vehemently rejected by protesters, promp

February 23, 2024

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RBI Minutes Reveal a Cautious Committee
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February 23, 2024 10:42 AM UTC

The Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) latest monetary policy decision, as reflected in the minutes of the February Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting, presents a nuanced landscape of optimism about India's growth prospects, juxtaposed with concerns over inflation risks. The views of various MPC mem

February 22, 2024

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Indonesia's Elections: Prabowo Subianto Emerges as Front-Runner
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February 22, 2024 11:30 AM UTC

Prabowo Subianto emerges as the front-runner in Indonesia's recent national elections, securing a substantial lead of approximately 60% in preliminary sample counts, potentially avoiding a runoff and reducing political uncertainty. While his decisive victory provides him with political capital, conc

February 21, 2024

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China: Yuan Outflow Fears Versus Net Exports
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February 21, 2024 11:00 AM UTC

Despite a still overvalued Yuan, China authorities are reluctant to accept too much Yuan weakness for fear of causing domestic capital outflows and discontent with China’s government. At some stage, if GDP growth surprises on the downside, China authorities could decide that a controlled Yuan decl

February 20, 2024

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China: 5yr LPR Cut But Not 1yr LPR
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February 20, 2024 9:17 AM UTC

A larger than expected 25bps cut in the 5yr Loan Prime Rate (LPR) has been delivered, but the 1yr LPR rate was unchanged given that PBOC reluctance to cut the 1yr Medium-Term Facility rate (MTF) this month.  The 5yr LPR rate is not a game changer for residential property, as bigger policy moves are

February 13, 2024

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BJP's Political Confidence Shines Through in India's FY25 Interim Budget
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February 13, 2024 10:44 AM UTC

India's interim budget for FY25 presented ahead of the upcoming general election, reflects the government's commitment to economic growth, infrastructure development, and fiscal responsibility. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman highlighted key aspects of the budget, emphasizing a multi-pronged app

February 12, 2024

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Reserve Bank of India Review: No Rate Cut On The Horizon
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February 12, 2024 6:25 AM UTC

The Reserve Bank of India's Monetary Policy Committee, led by Governor Shaktikanta Das, chose to keep the repo rate unchanged at 6.5% for the sixth consecutive time, aiming to support ongoing economic recovery while ensuring a sustained decline in inflation. Despite signs of inflation moderation and

January 31, 2024

Reserve Bank of India Preview: No Rate Cut In Near Term
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January 31, 2024 11:11 PM UTC

The RBI will keep the repo rate unchanged at 6.5% during the upcoming monetary policy committee meeting on February 8th. The current tight stance is expected to persist until at least mid-2024, as the central bank foresees inflation averaging 5.4% year-on-year in FY24, ending on March 31, 2024, befo

January 26, 2024

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Climate Change: 2025-30 Rather than Long-Term Impacts
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January 26, 2024 4:15 PM UTC

Bottom Line: In the 2half of the 2020’s GDP in DM economies will benefit from climate change investment, though the net positive impact will likely be modest on an annual basis. The impact on EM economies will be more mixed, as lack of fiscal space restrains the scale of green investment and some