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21 Dec 2020 The BoJ Extends its Covid Support, the "Review" Won't Change Much

The Bank of Japan kept its main policy settings unchanged on Friday, as widely expected. But the Policy Board voted unanimously to extend the duration of the Bank's Covid-19...

Miguel Chanco (Senior Asia Economist)20th Dec 2020 18:10China+

7 Dec 2020 Did the RBI Just Pour Cold Water on a February Rate Cut?

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Reserve Bank of India voted unanimously to keep the benchmark repo rate unchanged, at 4.00%, for a third straight meeting, as widely expected.

Miguel Chanco (Senior Asia Economist)6th Dec 2020 18:10China+

27 Nov 2020 The BoK's Challenge in 2021 is Managing Rate Hike Expectations

The Monetary Policy Board of the Bank of Korea yesterday left its benchmark base rate unchanged, at 0.50%, as widely expected.

Miguel Chanco (Senior Asia Economist)26th Nov 2020 18:10China+

17 Nov 2020 The Third Virus Wave and the Weak Jobs Market Threaten Japan's Q4

Japan's economy grew by 5.0% quarter-on-quarter in Q3, recouping just over half of the revised 8.2% contraction in Q2.

Miguel Chanco (Senior Asia Economist)16th Nov 2020 18:10China+

16 Nov 2020 The Door Just Shut for a December RBI Cut, Easing Will Resume in Q1

CPI inflation in India rose unexpectedly in October to 7.6%, from 7.3% in September, putting the final nail in the coffin for a potential RBI rate cut next month.

Miguel Chanco (Senior Asia Economist)15th Nov 2020 18:10China+

27 Oct 2020 Japan is Trying to "Live with Covid", but Spending is Hitting a Ceiling

Japan and Korea dealt with their second waves of Covid-19 in the third quarter in completely different ways.

Miguel Chanco (Senior Asia Economist)26th Oct 2020 19:10China+

29 May 2020 Expect Another BoK Cut, as the Data will Continue to Disappoint

The Monetary Policy Board of the Bank of Korea yesterday voted unanimously to lower its base rate by 25 basis points to a record low of 0.50%.

Freya Beamish (Chief Asia Economist)28th May 2020 19:10China+

19 May 2020 Japan's Q1 Contraction was Just a Taster, the Q2 Hit will be Worse

Japan's economy contracted by 0.9% quarter-on- quarter in Q1, following a downwardly-revised 1.9% plunge in the previous quarter.

Freya Beamish (Chief Asia Economist)18th May 2020 19:10China+

13 May 2020 Punchy Money Data for April Keep China's Recovery Hopes Alive

China's money data continued to improve in April, bolstering the economy's recovery prospects.

Freya Beamish (Chief Asia Economist)12th May 2020 19:10China+

Asia 11 May 2020 Ignore China's Sturdy April Exports, Catch-Up can only go so Far

China's export data for April were a mixed bag, to say the least.

Freya Beamish (Chief Asia Economist)10th May 2020 19:10China+

28 Apr 2020 No Bazooka from the BoJ, but More Support for Firms and Banks

The Policy Board of the Bank of Japan stepped up its Covid-19 liquidity relief measures yesterday, while retaining its main policy settings--namely, the -0.10% balance rate...

Freya Beamish (Chief Asia Economist)27th Apr 2020 19:10China+

30 Mar 2020 Industrial Profits Data Complete China's Grim Start to 2020

Industrial profits in China collapsed by 38.3% year- over-year in the first two months of 2020, making December's 6.3% fall look like a minor blip.

Freya Beamish (Chief Asia Economist)29th Mar 2020 19:10China+

5 Feb 2020 BoJ Reaction to the Coronavirus Could Damage Activity, Perversely

We've previously highlighted the pro-cyclical elements of the BoJ's framework, but it's worth repeating, when an economic shock comes along.

Freya Beamish (Chief Asia Economist)4th Feb 2020 18:10China+

4 Feb 2020 Early PBoC Rate Cut Confirms Official Worry Over Virus fallout

The PBoC yesterday cut its 7-day and 14-day reverse repo rate by 10bp, to 2.40% and 2.55% respectively, while injecting RMB 1.2T through open market operations.

Freya Beamish (Chief Asia Economist)3rd Feb 2020 18:10China+

29 Jan 2020 What Policy Measures Can we Expect to Cushion Corona-impact

The extent of shut downs within China is now reaching extreme levels, going far beyond services and threatening demand for commodities, as well as posing a severe risk to the...

Freya Beamish (Chief Asia Economist)28th Jan 2020 18:10China+

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