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CEE inflation broadening out

Central and Eastern European economies are experiencing their worst bout of inflation since the late-1990s as surging food and energy prices have added to strong core price pressures across a broad range of goods and services. Monetary tightening cycles are likely to continue with interest rates rising to 8% or so over the next few months and we think that rates will remain above neutral for several years. 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  
Liam Peach Emerging Markets Economist
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Israel GDP (Q2 2022)

The stronger-than-expected 6.8% q/q annualised expansion in Israel GDP in Q2 confirms that the Q1 contraction was just a blip. Economic activity remains strong and alongside the red-hot inflation figures for July, the risks are skewed to a 75bp rate hike at next week’s central bank meeting. We think a 50bp hike (to 1.75%) is just about more likely but we maintain our view that rates will reach 3.0% next year. Europe Drop-In (18th Aug.): Winter is coming to the European economy – but how harsh will it get? Join this special briefing on the economic impact of Russia’s gas supply threat. Register now.

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Russia GDP (Q2 2022)

Russian GDP contracted by 4% y/y in Q2, consistent with a fall of 6% in seasonally-adjusted q/q terms – a much better performance than analysts had expected and than had seemed likely a few months ago. There have been signs of stabilisation in many sectors over the past month or two but we don’t expect the downturn to bottom out until Q2 2023 and think the economy will stagnate at best thereafter.

12 August 2022

Emerging Europe Economics Weekly

Hungary’s fiscal tightening, currencies rebound

Hungary's government has reined in the budget deficit much more quickly than had looked likely since April's election, helping to alleviate the large twin deficits. But this presents a major headwind to the economy and supports our view that GDP growth will grind to a halt in the coming quarters. Elsewhere, CEE currencies have received some much-needed respite this month as global risk sentiment has improved. We think this will be short lived but it will at least take some pressure off central banks that are dealing with red hot inflation.

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Hawkish Fed adds to growing external risks

The 75bp interest rate hike by the US Fed this week and expectations for further large hikes in the coming months will have ripple effects across the region. It is likely that Hungary's central bank will be forced to raise rates to defend the forint again and we now expect the Turkish lira to end the year at 24/$. Elsewhere, the risk that gas flows from Russia to Europe are cut off has increased. The gas deal agreed between the EU, Egypt and Israel this week will boost Israel's exports, but it's likely to take many years before Israel becomes a major gas exporter. 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

17 June 2022

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Israel’s tight labour market to push up wages soon

Israel’s labour market has tightened significantly in recent months and while there is so far little sign of a burst of wage pressure coming through, this is likely to be in the pipeline and feed through into stronger core inflation next year. Alongside a more hawkish shift by the US Fed, we think the Bank of Israel will raise interest rates by 50bp in July and August and push rates from 0.75% now to 3.00% by early 2023.

14 June 2022

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CBR lowers interest rates back to pre-war levels

The Russian central bank (CBR) delivered a 150bp interest rate cut to 9.50% today as its focus continued to shift away from inflation risks towards supporting the economy. We think further reductions are likely to be more gradual, with rates ending this year at 7.50%.

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