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A primer on South Africa’s monetary policy reform

The South African Reserve Bank is set to shake up its monetary policy setup. This Update provides some clarity on what policymakers will do and why, and what it means for monetary and credit conditions. China Drop-In (12th May, 09:00 BST/16:00 SGT): Join our China and Markets economists for a 20-minute discussion about near to long-term economic challenges, from zero-COVID disruptions to US-China decoupling. Register now.
William Jackson Chief Emerging Markets Economist
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Africa Economics Update

Ethiopia: Unlikely to replicate exceptional growth again

Ethiopia has been grappling with the fallout from its internal conflict and severe drought which, coming alongside spillovers from the war in Ukraine, will result in much weaker growth in the coming years and a sovereign debt restructuring is likely. Over the medium-term, we're doubtful that the government will be able to push through its ambitious reform agenda. Ethiopia’s growth miracle, in which the economy grew at rates of 8-12%, has come to an end.

10 August 2022

Africa Economics Weekly

Zambia’s creditors pledge debt relief, Kenya’s elections

News that Zambia’s official creditors agreed to provide debt relief is certainly encouraging and will unlock IMF funding. But the terms of the deal remain unknown, leaving in doubt that the country’s public debt will return to a sustainable path. Meanwhile, investors are on tenterhooks just as much as Kenyan voters ahead of Tuesday’s elections that are shaping up to be a close race. Oil and the Gulf Drop-In (9th Aug): What’s the outlook for oil prices and what does that mean for Gulf economic outperformance? Join economists from our Commodities and Emerging Markets teams for this 20-minute briefing. Register now.

5 August 2022

Africa Economics Update

Kenya: elections no cure for economic woes

Kenya’s general election scheduled for Tuesday is set against a challenging economic backdrop, and no matter the winner, the country’s outlook is likely to remain overshadowed by large macroeconomic imbalances and high public debt risks. Oil and the Gulf Drop-In (9th Aug): What’s the outlook for oil prices and what does that mean for Gulf economic outperformance? Join economists from our Commodities and Emerging Markets teams for this 20-minute briefing. Register now.

5 August 2022

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Latin America Economics Weekly

Inflation alarm bells, Amlo seeks price freeze

The rise in inflation to multi-decade highs across much of the region in April is clearly worrying policymakers and, this week, Mexico’s government became the latest to announce measures to cushion the blow to consumers. Mexico’s plan should help to reduce inflation a little, but it will incur a fiscal cost and faces major implementation challenges. In the meantime, the latest inflation developments and comments from central banks support our view that interest rates across the region will be hiked further than most currently expect. China Drop-In (12th May, 09:00 BST/16:00 SGT): Join our China and Markets economists for a 20-minute discussion about near to long-term economic challenges, from zero-COVID disruptions to US-China decoupling. Register now.

6 May 2022

Emerging Markets Economics Update

What a strong dollar means for EMs

While a stronger dollar is generally regarded as a headwind for EMs, we think it will only be a minor one for most major EMs, particularly compared with the headwinds from weakness in China, spillovers from the war in Ukraine, and domestic monetary tightening. The strong dollar is a much greater challenge for EMs with large foreign currency debts though, including Sri Lanka, Ghana and Turkey. China Drop-In (12th May, 09:00 BST/16:00 SGT): Join our China and Markets economists for a 20-minute discussion about near to long-term economic challenges, from zero-COVID disruptions to US-China decoupling. Register now.

6 May 2022

Latin America Economics Update

Copom dialling down the tightening cycle

The communications following the Brazilian central bank meeting yesterday, at which the Selic rate was hiked by 100bp (to 12.75%), confirm that the tightening cycle is nearing an end. But even so, with inflation set to remain firmly in double digits over the coming months, we think that the Selic rate will be raised a little further than most expect. We expect another 75bp of hikes in the cycle to 13.50% whereas the market and consensus envisage an additional 50bp of hikes. EM Drop-In (5th May, 10:00 EDT/15:00 BST): Join Shilan Shah for our latest monthly session on the big macro and markets stories in EMs. This month, Shilan and the team will be talking Russian gas, FX weakness and surging food prices. Register now

5 May 2022
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