NEWS FLASH

UPCOMING WEBINAR - GULF COUNTRIES REGIONAL OUTLOOK...

Yuan Won’t Be Down for Long
CHINA · Report · 19 May 2014

Executive Summary China’s main economic indicators in April either held to their lows or declined further. Industrial output rose 8.7% y/y, turning in the same anemic performance as in Q1. Fixed asset investment rose16.8% y/y in real terms, down 0.8 pps. We expect general slowdown to persist i...

South Africa’s Evolving Democracy: Beyond Elections May 2014
SOUTH AFRICA · Report · 19 May 2014

SA national elections on May 7th 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the country’s constitutional democracy. While the ANC maintained its control over the national government with a 62% majority, it had much to worry about when examining the details of voting patterns across the 9 provinces and t...

Economic Activity: Recent Signs and Trend
BRAZIL ECONOMICS · Report · 19 May 2014

There are clear signs that the economy remains weak. The numbers announced last week – the IBC-Br, which is a preview of GDP calculated by the Central Bank, and real retail sales, estimated by the IBGE – confirm this perception. In March the IBC-Br dipped by 0.1%, leading to first-quarter growth ...

Political Insights: Week of July 19
BRAZIL POLITICS · Report · 19 May 2014

A new Ibope presidential poll will be released this week.Mayors meet with Finance Minister Guido Mantega to request an increase in federal resources.In the House, the bill that corrects the income tax for individuals may be voted upon.The Petrobras CPIs continue on the agenda in the Senate and Co...

Weekly Tracker: May 18-24
TURKEY · Report · 18 May 2014

Executive Summary There is yet not enough evidence in the Soma mine disaster that either the owner of Soma Holding or AKP’s preferential treatment of the mine was directly responsible. Yet, AKP’s defensive manner and the very poor PR management of the disaster turned the public wrath against the ...

Election 2014: An Unexpected Majority
INDIA · Report · 16 May 2014

The election results, which give the BJP a clear majority, are the first time since 1984 that one party has had a majority. This opens up all sorts of exciting possibilities. An Unexpected Majority In 1984, the Congress won 414 seats compared with the 272 required for a majority. After that, no s...

Santos could lose the election
COLOMBIA · In Brief · 15 May 2014

Finally, all the major political polls published their latest results this week. All of them show Mr. Santos losing serious ground to his competitors, but even more worrisome is the fact that many of them show he might very well lose in the run-off too. Even Gallup, probably the most well-conduct...

Very strong GDP figure out for Q1 2014
HUNGARY · In Brief · 15 May 2014

Real GDP grew a preliminary 1.1% qoq / 3.2% yoy swda in Q1 2014, following a revised 0.7% qoq / 2.9% yoy swda in Q4 2013, as reported by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) this morning. This is a seven-year peak in the yoy number. As usual for preliminary GDP data releases, no details are avail...

Mid-week review in Turkish politics
TURKEY · In Brief · 14 May 2014

Turkish government declared three days of national mourning as the death toll in the Soma coal mine accident reached 205. I fear it may reach as high as 450. Was this a genuine “act of God”? Or the result of careless privatization and deregulation in the mining industry? While the debate is alrea...

Colombian Treasury buying dollars to weaken the COP
COLOMBIA · In Brief · 13 May 2014

The Minister of Finance posted a tweet announcing that the Treasury is going to buy USD to weaken the COP. The announcement had an important impact on the fx market today. However, the important question is the Treasury's capacity to intervene. For now, according to the Ministry, excess cash at h...

Post-Election Fine Tuning
HUNGARY · Report · 13 May 2014

Executive Summary Although the new cabinet is not expected to be up and running before early June, post-election policy shifts are discernable, in the new Central Bank and State Debt Management Agency measures to reshape government financing, and the update of Hungary’s convergence program. Herei...

Quiet Launch of Security Plan
MEXICO · Report · 13 May 2014

Executive Summary With absolutely no fanfare the federal government published its National Public Security Program for 2014-2018, at long last spelling out the administration’s security objectives, strategies and lines of action, as well as the indicators the government will be using for gauging ...

Infrastructure Plan’s Challenges
MEXICO · Report · 13 May 2014

Executive Summary The week before last, the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto unveiled its National Infrastructure Plan (NIP) for 2014-2018. Over the course of April officials announced a total of 44 national, institutional, regional and state programs – including 32 that were announ...

Zero inflation trend continued in April
HUNGARY · In Brief · 13 May 2014

CPI-inflation for April came out at 0.1% mom / -0.1% yoy in April, which made the average Jan-Apr yoy inflation rate exactly 0%. The April data was pulled down by a 0.5% yoy decline of food prices, due to the right amount of rainfall and the lack of freezing temperatures, which could have destroy...

Resurrections, Alarms, And Scandals
COLOMBIA · Report · 12 May 2014

Executive SummaryWith the June 1 Inauguration Day approaching, President-elect Salvador Sánchez is being forced to face financial realities. Though he’s built bridges with various sectors and laid the groundwork for a favorable domestic climate, recent data make clear that the budget lacks funds,...