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Below is a list of our China+ Publications for the last 6 months. If you are looking for reports older than 6 months please email info@pantheonmacro.com, or contact your account rep

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1 Dec 2022 China+ Monitor China Seeks Covid Exit Path, as PMIs Show Mounting Pressure

China’s PMIs for November show mounting economic pressure as Covid cases surge.

Supply-chain issues are nowhere near as bad as Q2, as local governments seek to target restrictions.

The services sector is suffering most from pandemic restrictions, though even construction is slowing.

Duncan WrigleyChina+

11 Nov 2022 China+ Monitor China's Credit Data Disappoints, due to Weak Private Sector Demand

  • China’s October credit data were below expectations, due to a weak economy, the Party Congress...
  • ...The Congress likely disrupted policy-based credit extension for quasi-fiscal projects.
  • China is still caught in a liquidity trap, with credit growing more slowly than M2 again in October.

Duncan WrigleyChina+

4 Nov 2022 China+ Monitor China's Services Sector Held Back by Covid Restrictions, Again

  • China’s Covid restrictions hit services activity harder than expected in October.
  • The National Health Commission reiterated the zero-Covid policy, indicating no immediate shift.
  • The nasal vaccine rollout offers a ray of hope for an exit strategy, providing the results are satisfactory.

Duncan WrigleyChina+

5 Sept 2022 China+ Monitor China's Liquidity Trap is Creating All Sorts of Problems for the PBoC

  • The renminbi is weakening once again, in the face of dollar strength, but that’s not the full story.
  • The currency’s ability to defy gravity is fading, and this reflects the growing impotence of the PBoC.
  • The liquidity trap is closing tighter, creating an asymmetric profile of outcomes for monetary policy.

Craig BothamChina+

30 Aug 2022 China+ Monitor Inflation Climbed Again in August, but the BoJ Likely Will Double-Down

  • Tokyo CPI inflation rose more than expected in August, thanks to food, energy, and base effects.
  • The BoJ will likely feel more, not less, dovish, as higher food and energy prices weigh on demand.
  • Japan remains unique; policymakers will welcome rising household inflation expectations.

Craig BothamChina+

26 Aug 2022 China+ Monitor

The BoK hiked by 25bp, worried about inflation becoming entrenched. 

Alongside the hike, however, the central bank also sounded a more dovish note. 

The BoK is finally conceding the downside risks to growth, and we think the cycle has nearly peaked. 

Craig BothamChina+

24 Aug 2022 China+ Monitor The Global Slowdown is Catching Up with Japan

Japanese manufacturing and services both slowed this month, according to the flash PMI surveys.

Fading global demand is taking its toll on Japanese manufacturing, after a short hiatus.

Covid is the main headwind for the services sector, but not the only one, so any revival will be brief.

Craig BothamChina+

2 Aug 2022 China+ Monitor Reality Reasserts Itself in China, as the Reopening Rebound Fades

China’s PMIs fell in July, reversing the June bounce, as the gains from reopening were exhausted.

Other sources of demand are few and far between, with stimulus efforts limited in scope and ambition...

...and global demand on the wane amidst multiple headwinds, as clearly shown by Korean export data.

Craig BothamChina+

1 Aug 2022 China+ Monitor No Change from Policymakers in Japan or China on the Horizon

Japan’s Tokyo CPI inflation was marginally stronger than expected, but still driven by cost-push factors.

Yen weakness should relieve pressure on the BoJ, and confirms an outlook of policy stability into 2024.

China’s Politburo has emphasised zero-Covid over growth, with few signals of significant stimulus.

Craig BothamChina+

27 July 2022 China+ Monitor China's Property Rescue Fund will not be a Cure-All

Markets have responded optimistically to news of a

Chinese property rescue fund...

...But the sums involved are too small to save the sector, and likely have more modest aims.

The growing role of the central government is nonetheless an encouraging signal; more is needed.

Craig BothamChina+

22 July 2022 China+ Monitor No Change or Action on the Yen, Now or Next Year, from the BoJ

Thursday’s BoJ meeting followed the usual script, with added emphasis from Governor Kuroda.

The central bank’s current forecasts imply no change in policy until 2024, at least.

Early Korean export data suggest global demand is still waning, and China’s reopening boost is over.

Craig BothamChina+

1 July 2022 A Proper Reopening Bounce for China in June

Chinese activity continued its reopening recovery in June, particularly outside manufacturing.

The surveys point to month-on-month growth, but not enough to save GDP from a quarterly decline.

More stimulus is needed to sustain this bounce, with households and SMEs still under pressure.

Craig BothamChina+

24 June 2022 Japan's Domestic Recovery Starts to Lose Momentum

Japanese manufacturing slowed further in June, likely reflecting weakening global demand.

The service sector extended its recovery from the Omicron-induced lows, but will peak soon.

Price pressures rose further, but the labour market still looks soft, so no change likely from the BoJ.

Craig BothamChina+

1 June 2022 A Dead Cat Bounce for Chinese Activity, but Reanimation is Nigh

Chinese PMIs rose in May, but are still sub-50, signalling month-on-month declines.

We expect a return to growth in June, as zero-Covid restrictions ease further, but it will be gradual.

The latest stimulus announcements provide a touch of new money, but still look lacklustre.

Craig BothamChina+

19 May 2022 Japan's Economy Struggles with Covid and Rising Costs

Japanese GDP shrank in Q1, thanks to Covid at home, and abroad, but should recover in Q2.

Both consumption and investment have scope for significant catch-up, aided by fiscal stimulus.

Chinese house prices fell again in April, as attempts at shoring up the sector struggle to find purchase.

Craig BothamChina+

6 May 2022 China's Labour Market is Under Increasing Pressure

The Caixin Services PMI plummeted again in April, as the zero-Covid vice tightened further.

The employment picture is darkening rapidly, and will be a major worry for policymakers.

We are still waiting for a material shift in policy, even so; announcements so far contain nothing new.

Craig BothamChina+

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