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Below is a list of our Emerging Asia 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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30 Nov 2022 Emerging Asia Monitor Consumption in Vietnam is Reviving, but Q4 will Still be Poor

Retail sales in Vietnam sprang back to life in November, breaking from their recent stagnation...

...The job market essentially is as tight as it was pre-Covid, underpinning brisk real wage growth.

GDP growth will still fall sharply this quarter, as Delta base effects unwind and industry ebbs.

Miguel Chanco (Chief EM Asia Economist)Emerging Asia

22 Nov 2022 Emerging Asia Monitor Inventories Won't be Able to Carry Thai GDP Growth for Much Longer

  • GDP growth in Thailand jumped to 4.5% in Q3, from 2.5% in Q2, on the back of a sturdier quarterly gain...
  • ...But involuntary restocking was again the biggest driver; excess inventories will be an issue for 2023.
  • The revival in tourism is on track, but it’s a cushion— at best—while consumption will soon wane faster.

Miguel Chanco (Chief EM Asia Economist)Emerging Asia

16 Nov 2022 Emerging Asia Monitor Indonesian Export Growth is Fast Losing Support Left and Right

  • Indonesian export growth fell to a 20-month low of 12.3% in October, and more downside is ahead...
  • ...The unwinding of the commodities boom is far from over, and Chinese demand is now softening.
  • The rise in India’s trade deficit in October is a minor and brief setback; weak flows are the main issue.

Miguel Chanco (Chief EM Asia Economist)Emerging Asia

14 Nov 2022 Emerging Asia Monitor The Sturdiness of Indonesian Households is No Fluke

  • The stability in Indonesian consumption was one of Q3’s wins; catch-up is still a factor in some sectors.
  • The level of unemployment is back to “normal”, but a moderation in sky-high wage growth is coming.
  • Indian IP rebounded respectably in September, but it was nowhere near enough to save the Q3 picture.

Miguel Chanco (Chief EM Asia Economist)Emerging Asia

11 Nov 2022 Emerging Asia Monitor The Philippine Economy isn't as Healthy as it Looks

  • GDP growth in the Philippines defied gravity in Q3, inching up to 7.6% year-over-year, from 7.5% in Q2.
  • But the revisions—and lack thereof—in the Q2 data markedly flatter both the yearly and quarterly story.
  • The debt- and savings-fuelled consumption bounce in Q3 is far from sustainable, even if true.

Miguel Chanco (Chief EM Asia Economist)Emerging Asia

8 Nov 2022 Emerging Asia Monitor Indonesia's Q3 GDP Shows its Economy is in a League of its Own

  • GDP growth in Indonesia improved to 5.7% year- over-year in Q3, from 5.4% in Q2...
  • ...Domestic demand is holding firm; real wage growth has accelerated substantially.
  • Investment is regaining momentum, with more to come, thanks to the commodities boom.

Miguel Chanco (Chief EM Asia Economist)Emerging Asia

1 Nov 2022 Emerging Asia Monitor Still Waiting for Signs of a U-Turn in Slumping Vietnamese Exports

  • Vietnam’s exports continue to slide, falling well below the trend; no signs of a bounce from imports.
  • Ignore double-digit retail sales growth; the level is stagnant and inflation will only worsen.
  • Thailand’s final pre-Q3 GDP data dump all but confirms our 4.4% year-over-year forecast.

Miguel Chanco (Chief EM Asia Economist)Emerging Asia

24 Oct 2022 Emerging Asia Monitor SBV had No Choice but to Widen the VND Band... 2023 will be Tough

The SBV last week widened the dong’s daily trading band to ±5%; it last did so in 2015, to ±3%...

...Vietnam’s healthy trade surplus hid a big BoP shock, and FX reserves now are too low.

The growth outlook for 2023 is worsening; the exchange rate shock is only adding insult to injury. 

Miguel Chanco (Chief EM Asia Economist)Emerging Asia

12 Oct 2022 Emerging Asia Monitor Indonesian Retail is Lacking Energy, Leaving Aside the Return to Normal

  • Retail sales growth in Indonesia fell in August, but the coming fuel price hit is likely to be trivial.
  • The Philippines’ trade deficit continues to feel downward pressure on both sides of the balance.
  • Its unemployment rate in August consolidated the fall in July, but note how participation is flying.

Miguel Chanco (Chief EM Asia Economist)Emerging Asia

10 Oct 2022 Emerging Asia Monitor Filipinos are Powering Through, but at the Cost of Future Consumption

  • Sales growth in the Philippines hit a four-month high in August, and marginal trends are stabilising...
  • ...But the upswing in momentum is built on the back of a costly and unsustainable surge in borrowing.
  • The Covid-era savings hole remains the underlying issue; long-run spending intentions are now ebbing.

Miguel Chanco (Chief EM Asia Economist)Emerging Asia

EM Asia Datanote: Retail Sales, Thailand, July

  • In one line: The end of the base-effect boost is just around the corner.

Miguel Chanco (Chief EM Asia Economist)Emerging Asia

30 Sept 2022 Emerging Asia Monitor A Weak Q3 for Vietnam, and the Only Way is Down, Heading to 2023

  • GDP growth in Vietnam jumped to 13.7% in Q3, from 7.7% in Q2, solely on the back of base effects...
  • ...But this still fell short of expectations; the main drivers, including trade, lost substantial energy.
  • Slowing M2 points to a sustained GDP growth slowdown, but a material fiscal cushion is possible.

Miguel Chanco (Chief EM Asia Economist)Emerging Asia

27 Sept 2022 Emerging Asia Monitor Fundamentally, the Worst of the Pressure on the Baht Likely is Over

  • Thailand’s customs trade deficit continued to widen sharply in August, due to the slump in exports...
  • ...But shipments should soon stabilise, and the U-turn in surging imports has only just started.
  • The SBV’s unexpected rate hike on Friday was more about exchange rate management than inflation.

Miguel Chanco (Chief EM Asia Economist)Emerging Asia

26 Sept 2022 Emerging Asia Monitor Don't Get Excited--At All--if Vietnam's Q3 Beats Expectations

  • We expect a consensus-beating 18.0% Q3 GDP for Vietnam this week; thank base effects, nothing else.
  • The economy is in a broad-based soft patch, and the likely trade lift is due only to collapsing imports.
  • The recent relaxation of credit quotas is too late for 2022; the real battle is with the slump in M2 growth 

Miguel Chanco (Chief EM Asia Economist)Emerging Asia

23 Sept 2022 Emerging Asia Monitor Bank Indonesia's Surprise 50bp Salvo is a One-Off, by Definition

  • Bank Indonesia surprised markets yesterday, hiking its benchmark rate by 50bp, to 4.25%...
  • ...But we see no appetite for this to be the norm; BI easily would ditch the focus on core, if convenient.
  • The BSP’s ongoing worries over inflation make no sense, given the global trends in oil and food prices.

Miguel Chanco (Chief EM Asia Economist)Emerging Asia

12 Sept 2022 Emerging Asia Monitor A Steady, if Uninspiring, Catch-Up in Indonesian Retail Sales Persists

  • Retail Sales momentum in Indonesia has ebbed recently, following this year's big Ramadam binge...
  • …An instant hit from the fuel price hike is no surety; 
    we’ll take our cues from the impact on confidence.
  • The misery in Philippine exports is set to continue, 
    even if demand from China recovers shortly

Miguel Chanco (Chief EM Asia Economist)Emerging Asia

5 Sept 2022 Emerging Asia Monitor Thai Consumers aren't Immune to Inflation, but a Cushion is Forming

  • Base effects are flattering Thai consumption, but the inflation bite is coming, lasting well into 2023.
  • Food prices, the largest driver of the rise in inflation in Indonesia, appear finally to have turned a corner.
  • India’s urban unemployment rate fell further in Q2, to a series low, despite the economy’s soft patch.

Miguel Chanco (Chief EM Asia Economist)Emerging Asia

1 Sept 2022 Emerging Asia Monitor Recession Revealed... Brace for a Q3 Collapse in GDP Growth in India

  • GDP growth in India disappointed in Q2, jumping merely to 13.5%, despite huge Delta base effects.
  • The headline should collapse in Q3, especially with the drag from oil prices persisting until early 2023.
  • The road ahead for consumption and investment will be rockier, rising inflation and credit costs aside.

Miguel Chanco (Chief EM Asia Economist)Emerging Asia

EM Asia Datanote: Retail Sales, Thailand, June

  • In one line: Still no noticeable and persistent hit from high inflation.

Miguel Chanco (Chief EM Asia Economist)Emerging Asia

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