- Our updated calendar identifies the top events that should be on your radar this week.
- We also provide an outlook overview region by region for the rest of the year.
Our view in a nutshell
- Despite relatively stable domestic demand, a downside risk to growth remains as drags from real exports could re-emerge.
- We expect core CPI inflation to remain around 0.5% y-o-y for a while as it continues to decelerate for a while
- We expect the current YCC policy to remain untouched in the longer run, despite continuing hints from the BOJ for further rate cuts
- The risk is renewed yen appreciation caused by our concerns over a global recession and US protectionism.
- The export-led downturn has spilt into capex, and consumption is now at risk. We don’t expect a recovery until Q1 at the earliest
- We expect more central bank rate cuts: China, Korea, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Australia.
- India and parts of Southeast Asia are the region’s new stars in terms of rising long-run potential growth.
- China: We expect the slowdown to worsen and policy easing to continue, but inflation has become a new policy constraint.
- Korea: We expect the BOK to deliver a 25bp rate cut in Q3 2019 (most likely July) and another in Q4 (most likely November).
- India: We expect the cumulative effects of monetary policy easing to support a cyclical recovery starting Q3 2019.
- Indonesia: President Jokowi’s re-election bodes well for further reforms, investment spending and potential growth.
- Australia: We see better, but still-sub trend growth, continuing low inflation and two more 25bp rate cuts (Q4, Q1).
- Elevated trade tensions and other factors will likely slow growth over 2019-20 before a modest recovery in 2021.
- Recession risk is elevated, but strong consumer fundamentals will help to sustain the expansion.
- Core inflation should pick up as higher tariffs pass-through to consumer prices and labour markets remain tight.
- After cutting rates three times in 2019, we expect the Fed to remain on hold over the forecast horizon.
- Balance sheet expansion has started but the FOMC will need to make adjustments in coming quarters
- Notable risks include aggressive trade policy, unresolved fiscal issues and further deterioration in financial conditions.
- We have revised down our GDP growth forecast. The recession in euro area manufacturing risks spilling over into services.
- We see euro area core inflation rising gradually over time, but remaining well below the ECB’s inflation aim.
- Following the ECB’s easing we expect a further 10bp rate cut in December 2019 under the presidency of Ms. Lagarde.
- The tail risks of a no Brexit and no deal are substantial, but we continue to base our forecasts on deal and transition period.
- UK growth has been volatile thanks to Brexit uncertainty but we see a recovery in the run-rate of growth in 2020.
- The BoE forecasts overshooting inflation but only because of its market conditioning assumptions (low FX and rates).
- We see the BoE raising rates annually from May 2020. The risks are skewed towards a more dovish outcome.
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Chief US Economist
Chief UK Economist
Chief China Economist
Chief Japan Economist
Head of Global Macro Research and Co-head of Global Markets Research
Chief Economist, India and Asia ex Japan