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August rate hike in Korea, Indonesia outbreak

We were already more hawkish that the consensus in expecting a rate hike in Korea this year, but recent comments by the central bank and strong economic data mean we are shifting forward our forecast for the first hike to the Bank of Korea’s meeting on 26th August. Meanwhile, Indonesia’s government has introduced tough new restrictions to combat a jump in virus cases. Despite the worsening outlook, there is little prospect of monetary or fiscal policy being loosened further to support demand.
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