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Israel Consumer Prices (May)

The rise in inflation in Israel to 1.5% y/y in May was partly driven by food and energy, but there are some signs that underlying price pressures have increased. We think that inflation will rise further this year, but we maintain our view that this will be temporary and that interest rates will stay on hold.
Liam Peach Emerging Markets Economist
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Russia Consumer Prices (Jul.)

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BoI withdraws support, but no sign of tightening

Israel’s strong economic recovery prompted the central bank to phase out one of its emergency support programmes at today’s meeting and Governor Yaron’s comments suggest that the next step towards policy normalisation may involve the end of the bond purchase programme later this year. That said, interest rate hikes remain a distant prospect while inflation remains low.

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The Russian ruble appreciated to a one-year high against the dollar recently but we think the rally will fade as oil prices fall back and US Treasury yields rise further. That said, the central bank’s determination to rein in inflation should keep Russian bond yields high and provide the ruble with more protection in this global environment. We now expect the ruble to end next year at 76/$ (previously 80/$).

In view of wider interest, we are sending this Emerging Europe Economics Update to clients of the FX Markets service as well.

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Russia: a strong recovery in Q2, but risks ahead

Another strong batch of activity data for May suggest that Russia’s economy may have returned to just shy of its pre-pandemic level in Q2. The foundations are in place for the recovery to continue in Q3, but the latest virus wave and the possibility of a further tightening of containment measures pose a key threat.

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