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Virus caution by the elderly not a big downside risk

Continued caution by the elderly is a downside risk to our upbeat forecasts for private consumption, but we’re already assuming that households won’t return to their old ways anytime soon.
Marcel Thieliant Senior Japan, Australia & New Zealand Economist
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Japan to outperform as cost of living rising less sharply

GDP shrank yet again in Q1 as the Omicron wave brought the recovery in consumption to a halt. However, services spending was more resilient than we had anticipated and there are good reasons to think that Japan’s economy will outperform other large advanced economies over the coming quarters.  

20 May 2022

Japan Data Response

Japan Consumer Prices (Apr. 2022)

Inflation rose above the Bank of Japan's 2% inflation target for the first time since 2008 and we expect underlying inflation to approach 2% later this year, but this won't prompt the Bank to tighten policy.

20 May 2022

Japan Economics Update

Weaker yen won’t provide a big boost to net exports

With Japan’s terms of trade set to improve only modestly and interest rates differentials moving further against the yen, we expect the exchange rate to fall to 140 against the dollar by year-end. But this currency weakness will provide only a small boost to Japan’s net export volumes.

19 May 2022

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Australia & New Zealand Economics Update

Australia- The impact of rate hikes on household finances

If the RBA hiked rates by nearly 200bp as the financial markets were anticipating until recently, households’ debt servicing burden would hit an all-time high and housing would become the least affordable since the global financial crisis. That would slow the recovery in consumption and could prove a formidable headwind to the housing market. The upshot is that the Bank will tread more cautiously.

3 November 2021

Australia & New Zealand Economics Update

Patient RBA set to hike rates only gradually

The RBA abandoned its yield target and its pledge that rates will remain low until 2024 today, but still sounded dovish. While the financial markets expect the first rate hike in May next year, we expect the Bank to wait until early-2023.

2 November 2021

Australia & New Zealand Data Response

Australia CoreLogic House Prices (Oct.)

Strong demand means that house prices will keep rising at a strong pace over the next few months, but we think that lending restrictions will result in a slowdown next year.

1 November 2021
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