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Week of February 16
BRAZIL POLITICS · Report · 16 Feb 2016
This will be a busy week. Members of the PT in the Senate discuss economic policy with Finance Minister Nelson Barbosa. In the House, the PMDB chooses its leader. Former President Lula is deposed at the Public Ministry in São Paulo. The presidency and the Senate have until Friday, February 19, to...
Changing the Cabinet?
UKRAINE · In Brief · 16 Feb 2016
Today will be the moment of truth for the Cabinet of Aresniy Yatsenyuk. Prime-minister will be reporting to MPs for achievements of his Cabinet for the last year and parliament either approves the report or dismisses the Cabinet. The voting will be in the context of severe corruption scandal trig...
Growth Accelerated in Q4 2015
HUNGARY · Report · 15 Feb 2016
GDP growth accelerated sharply in Q4 2015, beating market expectation. The bright star must have been manufacturing, but a major upward revision of previous quarters’ data on sda basis also had a role. The VW scandal is not having a negative impact on Hungary. Indeed, Audi is planning to bring in...
The Resistence of Inflation
BRAZIL ECONOMICS · Report · 15 Feb 2016
The fate of those who make projections is that the target rarely stands still. At the start of 2015, the consensus was that inflation would remain high due to the coming adjustments of administered prices, which were repressed, after which it would start to decline. The projections at that moment...
Weekly Tracker: February 14-20
TURKEY · Report · 14 Feb 2016
Despite our passionate reasoning, rumors of a Turkish military intervention in Syria would not die, largely because Ankara keeps its options open. We argue once again that a military operation is not feasible. Meanwhile, Turkey-EU relations are improving, but at gunpoint.President Erdogan is open...
GDP growth was surprisingly robust in Q4 2015
HUNGARY · In Brief · 12 Feb 2016
Another interesting data set came out of KSH this morning. Real GDP growth accelerated to 3.2% yoy, on unadjusted basis, in Q4 2015, sharply up from 2.4% yoy in the previous quarter. This beat the average analyst expectation of 2.6% by a substantial margin. On sda basis, growth in Q4 was reported...
President Zuma’s 2016 State of the Nation Address: Maybe Too Little Too Late
SOUTH AFRICA · Report · 12 Feb 2016
President Zuma’s State of Nation Addresses (SONA) during his second term in office have become synonymous with drama, chaos, insults and political entertainment inside and outside the Parliament. His personal conduct in office, his ruling political party’s support for him, and his government’s pe...
Old Actors In New Roles
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS · Report · 11 Feb 2016
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has become extremely vocal in demonstrating his support of President Putin and has even directly threatened his political opponents, in the midst of suspicions of his connection to the murder of former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov. Kadyrov’s active involvement...
Economics: Trade Structure Poses Risks
MEXICO · Report · 11 Feb 2016
The conditions prevailing in the international economy in recent months, which have translated into a severe contraction in the international price of oil as well as a drastic depreciation of the Mexican peso in relation to the dollar, have had and will continue to harbor diverse implications for...
Politics: Mexico’s City State and Gatopardismo
MEXICO · Report · 11 Feb 2016
President Enrique Peña signed a decree on January 29 to authorize implementation of the constitutional reform that brings to an end the existence of the Federal District as the seat of federal government and the capital of the Mexican Republic, replacing it with a new entity formally called Ciuda...
Inflation below expectation in January, depressed by non-core factors
HUNGARY · In Brief · 11 Feb 2016
CPI-inflation came out at -0.1% mom, 0.9% yoy in January. The yoy headline rate is unchanged from December, and is below the 1.1% yoy average expectation in Portfolio.hu's analyst poll. But this forms no basis for a base rate cut by the MNB, as inflation was depressed by two non-core factors. Fir...
The IMF warns on support suspension amid political crisis mess
UKRAINE · In Brief · 10 Feb 2016
Today Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the IMF, made it clear that Ukraine will not get money without resolving corruption issue. This statement will add fuel to the fire of political crisis which is unfolding at the country. Political elites are disoriented. They have never experienced th...
Will Turkey send her military to Syria?
TURKEY · In Brief · 10 Feb 2016
I felt the need to revisit the question of a Turkish military intervention in Syria because in the last 24 hours the linked articles in Business Insider, Financial Times and WSJ mentioned the possibility in different contexts. While there are many reasons why Turkish markets were sinking until to...
Lower But Stabilizing Growth
CHINA · Forecast · 09 Feb 2016
Viewed in terms of quarterly data, the weakening growth trend is dissipating. True, real GDP was up just 6.9% in 2015, down 0.5 pps from 2014, and its lowest growth rate for 25 years. But GDP in Q4 was up 6.8% y/y, down only 0.2 pps from Q1, while H2 growth was stable. And the slowdown only began...
PHILIPPINES · Forecast · 08 Feb 2016
The Year of the Monkey finds the world in poor spirits, one eye monitoring the vital signs of its weaker members, the other eye scanning for symptoms of compromised immune systems elsewhere. While the Philippines is not resistant to the malady’s spread, the economy has internal sources of growth ...