Essential Asia: Head(winds) or Tail(risks)
A macro strategist’s view on Asian economies and markets
The first half of the calendar year has been a case of struggling USD strength and rallying China equities. Shanghai Composite Index rose from 3165 to the peak at 5166 in mid-June. The benchmark index has since crashed and is now testing 4000. The Chinese authorities want a “slow bull” as the landscape points to several key themes such as: RMB internationalisation; swings in Fed’s rate hike expectations; and, greasy Greece situation.
- Greece risks, China stockmarket fallout and MERS situation in Korea have been added to the list of economic risks for Asia.
- Policy easing and extra fiscal stimulus are expected policy responses, rendering weaker FX a complementary policy tool in coming months.
- We made downward revisions to Asian FX forecasts for H2 2015.
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