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April Inflation Report Highlights
TURKEY - In Brief 30 Apr 2014
Here are a few highlights from today’s Inflation Report presentation by Governor Basci: *Yearend inflation estimate is now up by a full percentage point to 7.6% (midpoint of the usual 70% probability band). The revision is a bit on the high side, but the revision itself is not surprising (see our...

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With Pro-Ukrainian Sentiment Strengthening, Outlook is Positive
UKRAINE - Report 29 Apr 2014
Executive Summary Ukrainian authorities haven’t yet been very effective in fighting Russian invaders: rather, they’ve been careful to avoid injuring innocent civilians. And, due to Ukrainian indecisiveness, pro-Russian activists have begun terrorizing local residents. Slovyansk and Kramatorsk, sm...

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A Tight Electoral Race Indeed: No Major Changes in Policy Ahead, But Huge Challenges for the Winner
PANAMA - Report 29 Apr 2014
After months of intoxicating electoral campaigning (with negative ads and character assassination included) on Sunday, May 4 general elections will take place. Seven presidential candidates, 71 legislative hopefuls, 77 district mayors and 648 prospective local authorities will face a voting pool ...

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Less Pessimistic than Others
CHINA - Forecast 29 Apr 2014
Executive Summary People’s Bank of China Governor Xiaochuan Zhou announced in March that deposit interest rates would likely be “liberalized” in a year or two. Four days later, the Bank announced on its website that the daily trading band for the RMB would broaden to 2% from 1%, starting on Ma...

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Politcal Insights: Week of April 28
BRAZIL POLITICS - Report 28 Apr 2014
Despite the holiday on Thursday (Labor Day), this promises to be a busy week.Petrobras allegations are still on the legislative agenda.A new poll on the presidential race will be released.On Friday and Saturday, the PT discusses the Directives Program for the Dilma Administration. Main topics on ...

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Inflation and Economic Activity
BRAZIL ECONOMICS - Report 28 Apr 2014
The government is in an extremely uncomfortable position in an election year: inflation is threatening to exceed 6.5% and projections for growth in 2014 are below that observed in 2013. The most recent Focus survey published by the Central Bank (last week) indicated a median inflation projection ...

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Inflation and Economic Activity
BRAZIL ECONOMICS - Report 28 Apr 2014
The government is in an extremely uncomfortable position in an election year: inflation is threatening to exceed 6.5% and projections for growth in 2014 are below that observed in 2013. The most recent Focus survey published by the Central Bank (last week) indicated a median inflation projection ...

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U.S. announces new package of targeted sanctions on Russia
RUSSIA ECONOMICS - In Brief 28 Apr 2014
The U.S. Treasury announced new list of Russian individuals and companies affected by Ukraine-related sanctions. The list of individuals includes some high-level public servants like Vyacheslav Volodin, first deputy chief of staff of the Presidential Administration and Dmitry Kozak, deputy Prime ...

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Weekly Tracker: April 27-May 3
TURKEY - Report 27 Apr 2014
Executive Summary Another Gul-Erdogan summit passed, with the leaders failing to announce party’s candidate for the upcoming presidential race. We still bet on PM Erdogan’s candidacy, with certain caveats. Meanwhile, Erdogan stole the show during the week, when he issued a heart-felt apology to t...

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MNB Moves towards Smaller Balance Sheet & Less External Funding
HUNGARY - Report 25 Apr 2014
The Measures On 24 April 2014, the central bank (MNB) announced a series of measures to reshape its monetary policy facilities within a few months’ time. The measures announced were the following: From 1 August 2014, the MNB will change the form of its main sterilization instrument. The existing ...

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S&P lowers Russia’s sovereign rating to BBB from BBB+ on capital outflow; Bank Rossii raises key rate to 7.5%
RUSSIA ECONOMICS - In Brief 25 Apr 2014
S&P lowered its long-term and short-term FX sovereign credit ratings on the Russian Federation to BBB- from BBB. Local currency sovereign rating was lowered to BBB from BBB+. The outlook on both ratings remained negative. In second half of March all major rating agencies put Russia on negative wa...

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Triple Economic Whammy
SOUTH AFRICA - Report 25 Apr 2014
The South African economy is struggling under the load of high price increases, raised costs of acquiring credit as well as low spending and a lack of confidence. Compared to twelve months earlier, indicators of inflation for March 2014 reveal that price pressures have escalated (see Graphs 1 and...

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Shake, Shake, Shake, Señora…
CHILE - Report 25 Apr 2014
Executive Summary Natural disasters have fallen upon Chileans in the past month: two consecutive earthquakes and a devastating fire. In spite of the undeniable human drama, the immediate negative economic effects are small, while the reconstruction efforts can become moderately simulative. ...

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Financial Reform Seen as Growth Source
CHINA - Report 24 Apr 2014
Executive Summary Prime Minister Keqiang Li has announced a series of small-scale stimuli to address the economic slowdown, such as cutting the enterprise tax, and stimulating private lending. The new direction is in sharp contrast to the 4 trillion yuan stimulus undertaken at the end of 2008,...

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MPC Leaves Rates Unchanged
TURKEY - Report 24 Apr 2014
The Monetary Policy Committee did the right thing today -- and also the brave thing, given that political pressures on the Bank to undertake a sizeable rate cut have been intensifying -- by not moving any of the key interest rates, i.e. the O/N corridor (8%-12%) and the weekly repo (10%) rates (s...