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GULF WEEKLY: Oman hosts Assad and permits Israeli overflights, Qatar moots bond issuance, GCC deals in Egypt stall
GULF COUNTRIES · Report · 24 Feb 2023
A skimmable summary overlaid with our analysis and links. Headlines: * Oman opened its airspace to Israel, and the UAE withdrew a UN resolution criticizing settlements. * Assad visited Oman, and Saudi Arabia is re-evaluating its stance on isolating Syria. * PIF’s acquisition of Egypt’s Unite...
Chile signs on to TPP11
CHILE · In Brief · 24 Feb 2023
In the 1990s and 2000s, signing free trade agreements became almost routine for Chile. But when Chile’s adhesion to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP, or TPP11) finally became official this week, it was a big deal. One of the slogans of Chile’s 2019 ...
Lula will meet with Jean Paul Prates today, the president of the PT criticized the Central Bank again, and next week the chairs of the permanent committees of Congress should be finalized
BRAZIL POLITICS · Report · 24 Feb 2023 · 1 response
President Lula’s meeting with Petrobras President Jean Paul Prates was postponed from yesterday to today. One of the topics is the PIS and Cofins tax exemption on gasoline, which ends on February 28. Yesterday, PT President Deputy Gleisi Hoffmann (PR) once again criticized the Central Bank on Twi...
The first year of the war
UKRAINE · In Brief · 24 Feb 2023
A year ago, we woke up to a new reality. It was a day when all Ukrainians had to start anew, reevaluating themselves and their surroundings. However, it was also a day that put everything in its place. All the previously complex issues became simple and clear with just one click. The Russian lead...
Energy import prices look much lower than expected for now
HUNGARY · Report · 23 Feb 2023
In our latest forecast, released last month, we predicted rising energy import prices, as the weather is getting back to its normal seasonal track after the unusual warm weather recorded this winter. Indeed, winter is approaching its end, and the weather is not that exceptionally warm anymore in ...
External Accounts – The Bright Spot of the Brazilian Economy
BRAZIL ECONOMICS · Report · 23 Feb 2023
The environment is fraught with uncertainties, but in these turbulent waters, the outlook for the external account remains favorable. Although in 2022 the country’s balance of payments was in the red by US$ 7.3 billion (versus a surplus of US$ 14 billion in 2021), the trade balance was positive a...
The cost of the war to Russia one year on
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS · In Brief · 23 Feb 2023
In February 2022 about 190,000 Russians invaded Ukraine. Later mobilizations and Wagner fighters often recruited from prisons boosted these numbers. Western officials have estimated 180,000 Russian and 100,000 Ukrainian military casualties. Russia gave its death toll as 6,000 in September 2022. O...
MPC responds to the EQ, says it's one-off
TURKEY · Report · 23 Feb 2023
The CBRT/MPC cut the policy rate by 50 bps to 8.5%, exercising somewhat of a restraint, compared with expectations of 100, in some cases 200 bps reduction -- and our admittedly somewhat loosely formulated, “we would not be surprised if the Bank reduced the policy rate by another 100 bps or so”. ...
Lula will meet with Jean Paul Prates today, the possibility of updating the Mining Code is causing noise in the market, and Lula reacted well to the heavy rains in São Paulo
BRAZIL POLITICS · Report · 23 Feb 2023
On Tuesday, February 28, the PIS and Cofins tax exemptions on gasoline will end. This issue will be discussed in today's meeting. The probability is that the exemption will not be extended. The PIS and Cofins tax exemption on diesel and cooking gas, on the other hand, will run until the end of th...
Bi-Weekly Economic News Summary
KAZAKHSTAN · In Brief · 23 Feb 2023
Feb 10 NBK: Easing monetary policy in Kazakhstan in the current conditions is impractical said NBK Chairman Mr. Pirmatov Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ): The company and the Arab Abu Dhabi Ports Group discussed the creation of trade hubs in the Kazakh cities of Astana, Alma-Ata and Aktobe Feb 13 KMG...
Industrial output was down y-o-y in January, but less so than in 4Q22
RUSSIA ECONOMICS · In Brief · 23 Feb 2023
Rosstat reported that in January, industrial output contracted by 2.4% y-o-y as the mining segment fell by 4.3% and the manufacturing by 3.0% (also y-o-y). According to Rosstat's estimates, seasonally adjusted industrial output in January decreased by 0.6% m-o-m (though, one can raise questions a...
A quick follow-up on reserves
TURKEY · Report · 22 Feb 2023 · 5 responses
My colleague Atilla has just sent out a piece laying out his thoughts on the currency market and the stock exchange, with some references to our joint work/estimates. I thought, for the sake of completeness and consistency, I should follow up very briefly regarding the reserve numbers and a coupl...
South Africa's Budget Speech 2023 Delivers on Some Key National Priorities- but a Few Thorny Issues Remain Unresolved
SOUTH AFRICA · In Brief · 22 Feb 2023
The much anticipated Budget Speech 2023 was delivered by Minister Enoch Godongwana, highlighting the positive and better than anticipated tax revenue receipts due to better collection capability on the part of the SA Revenue Services (SARS), and sustained by rising corporate income tax largely bu...
Russian macro: decent economic performance in 2022 to increase chances for growth in 2023
RUSSIA ECONOMICS · Report · 22 Feb 2023
Rosstat reported that nominal Russian GDP reached R151.5 trln in 2022 (over $2.2 trln). It contracted by 2.1% in real terms but gained significantly in dollar terms as, on one hand, high inflation pushed up the nominal GDP figure by nearly 12%, and, on the other hand, the ruble appreciated agains...
Commentary on the exchange rate and Borsa Istanbul
TURKEY · In Brief · 22 Feb 2023
I usually express my market views under the alias of Cosmic Strategist in our Weekly Reports. These are not investment advice in any shape or form, but the product of my desire to distill our work on politics and economy to the price discovery efforts for markets. Lately, Cosmic Strategist has be...