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Where next for inflation in South Africa?

Inflation in South Africa has been close to the top of the central bank’s target range in recent months, but the country has avoided the surge in inflation seen across much of the world. And there are reasons to think that the headline rate will drop back sharply by the end of this year. That underpins our view that monetary policy will ultimately be tightened by less than investors currently expect.
Jason Tuvey Senior Emerging Markets Economist
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After nearly a week since voters went to the ballot box, William Ruto was finally announced President-elect in Kenya, but investors’ roller-coaster ride will probably continue over the coming days and weeks with political risks set to run high.Following Kenya’s elections on 9th August, results were announced today with William Ruto (currently Deputy President) declared the official winner of the…

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Nigeria Consumer Prices (Jul.)

Inflation in Nigeria jumped to 19.6% y/y last month and we think that the headline rate will rise a bit further. Policymakers are likely to respond by raising the benchmark interest rate from 14.00% to 14.50% at the next MPC meeting in September, but we suspect the tightening cycle will not run beyond that as price pressures start to ease and the elections come into view.

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Africa Economics Update

Nigeria’s recovery looking bleak

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Emerging Europe Economics Update

Key questions on capital controls in Turkey

The recent falls in the Turkish lira have led to increased speculation that, with the CBRT showing no sign of willingness to raise interest rates, policymakers will be forced to turn to capital controls to prevent sharp and disorderly moves in the currency and contain risks in the financial system. In this Update, we answer a number of key questions on capital controls, including what form they could take, when they might be imposed and how effective they would be. World with Higher Rates - Drop-In (21st June, 10:00 ET/15:00 BST): Does monetary policy tightening automatically mean recession? Are EMs vulnerable? How will financial market returns be affected? Join our special 20-minute briefing to find out what higher rates mean for macro and markets. Register now

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Emerging Europe Data Response

Turkey Industrial Production & Retail Sales (Apr.)

Turkey’s activity figures for April suggest that the economy has held up well since last year’s currency crisis, but robust activity has added to inflation pressures and contributed to the widening of the current account deficit, putting the lira under pressure. With interest rate hikes off the cards, sharp and disorderly falls in the currency are a key threat over the coming weeks.

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Emerging Europe Economics Weekly

Lira on shaky ground, Russia dropping capital controls

The Turkish lira remained under pressure this week and the raft of policy measures announced on Thursday show that officials are doing whatever they can to avoid interest rate hikes. Capital controls are likely in the event of sharp and disorderly falls in the lira. In contrast, capital controls continued to be rolled back in Russia this week and it seems that policymakers are trying to fight back against the strength of the ruble. But a marked weakening of the currency seems unlikely so long as the current account surplus remains large. Elsewhere, strong inflation and activity data out of Central Europe suggest that further monetary tightening is on the cards.

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