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13 Sept 2021 Stand by for Some Weak August Activity Figures

Industrial production growth likely slowed sharply in August, despite strong trade figures. FAI growth should soon rebound, but likely not in time for the August data. We...

Freya Beamish (Chief Asia Economist)China+

10 Sept 2021 August Likely was the Peak in PPI Inflation, Expect Disinflation in 2022

PPI inflation surprised to the upside in August, reflecting stubborn commodity pressures... ...The Ningbo-Zhoushan port closure likely was a factor, too, but disinflation is...

Freya Beamish (Chief Asia Economist)China+

1 Sept 2021 The Services Collapse in August Highlights the Cost of "Zero Covid"

The Delta wave was smaller than the last outbreak, yet it caused more damage to the services sector... ...Underscoring China's reluctance to ditch its Zero Covid stance;...

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23 Aug 2021 Four Catalysts for Escape from China's Mid-Cycle Weakness

We see four changes in the next few months that will put equities on a firmer footing. Risks to bond yields are to the upside, thanks to the coming slew of local government...

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12 Aug 2021 PBoC Easing Remains Unlikely, Despite July's Soft Money Data

Both M1 and M2 growth missed expectations in July, but the former arguably is due a turnaround. Slowing household demand for credit isn't exactly concerning, as they are still...

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10 Aug 2021 PBoC Tightening Would be Imminent if Not for the Delta Variant

PPI inflation is proving stubborn, while CPI inflation is just getting started. Services inflation continues to rise, despite the broadening Delta scare. Trade figures...

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6 Aug 2021 The Trade Surplus is Likely to Remain Under Pressure

July exports likely weakened, while imports will be boosted by the tail end of commodities inflation. PPI inflation may not yet have peaked; headline CPI inflation is just...

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3 Aug 2021 China's Manufacturing Underperformance Continues

China's weak July PMIs play into a wider story of underperformance in trade and manufacturing. The official and Caixin reports are at odds on prices, but we reckon PPI...

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2 Aug 2021 Underlying Chinese Inflation is More Progressed than in DMs

China's PPI inflation is at or near its peak, and CPI inflation remains relatively tame... ... But underlying inflationary pressure is more ad- vanced in China, thanks to the...

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29 July 2021 The PMIs Should Offer Some Signs of Stabilisation this Month

Q2 CPI inflation exceeded the MPC's one-quarter ahead forecast by the most for 13 years... ...But only two members have implied they will vote to end QE; pushback from the...

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19 July 2021 BoJ Playing it Down, but Green Fund Provisioning is Significant

Governor Kuroda was managing expectations about the new green fund-provisioning scheme in the press conference. 

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15 July 2021 Supporting Green Finance Could Become a Major BoJ Policy Plank

The BoJ's policy meeting on Friday is set to provide an outline of the fund-provisioning scheme, announced at its June meeting, to support green finance.

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14 July 2021 Export Trends Remain Weak Despite the June Pop

Chinese exports surprised to the upside in June, with growth picking up to 32.2% year-over-year, from 27.9% in May.

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12 July 2021 The RRR Cut was About Managing Interbank Liquidity

The PBoC followed through with a Reserve Requirement Ratio cut of 0.5 percentage points on Friday, hot on the heels of a strong hint to do so from the State Council meeting...

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8 July 2021 CPI Inflation Could Still Edge Higher in June, Despite Mid-Year Weakness

Energy inflation is not straightforward to forecast in China, thanks to the lack of clarity over the CPI weights.

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1 July 2021 Manufacturing PMI Points to Q2 GDP Growth Slowdown

The official manufacturing PMI indicates that bottlenecks remain a problem.

Freya Beamish (Chief Asia Economist)China+

29 June 2021 Don't Write off a Consumer Spending Pop Just Yet

The potential for a consumption-led rebound in Chinese GDP growth is being underestimated, and we still expect a pop of faster growth.

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28 June 2021 June PMIs will Provide Further Evidence of a Mid-Year Slowdown

China's official manufacturing PMI looks exposed in the context of the recent softening of regional trade flows. Korean 20-day export growth for June slowed to 29.4%...

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22 June 2021 The PBoC will Continue with its Balancing Act, For Now

The PBoC continues to hold off on tightening, as it waits for something closer to herd immunity, and to see how the economy responds to "freedom".

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