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  • uploads///Malaysian Inflation
    Financials

    Malaysian inflation creeping up, but low; rates to remain steady

    The consumer price index in Malaysia continued its steady increase since the year started, keeping a pace low enough to prevent any rates hike in the short-term.  The consumer price index is the index by which most countries measure their inflation. It is composed of a basic basket of consumer products ranging from basic groceries […]

    By Dale A. Norton
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    Financials

    Indonesia’s slower than expected GDP haunted by government inaction

    The last quarter grew at 1.4%, but consensus expected 1.5% Gross domestic product growth is the most telling metric of economic performance. Governments usually release data on a quarterly basis while analysts and economists wait anxiously for the data to compare against their own projections. The GDP forecast underpins many projections across the economy, from […]

    By Dale A. Norton, ME
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    Why ASEAN is so imporant to the China-Vietnam tensions

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (or ASEAN) is a political and economic organization of ten countries located in Southeast Asia. If ASEAN were a single entity, it would rank as the eighth largest economy in the world.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • uploads///Mexicos Manufacturing PMI in June
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US-Mexico Trade and the Impact on Mexico’s Manufacturing

    Improving domestic and international demand are helping Mexico’s manufacturing industry.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Indonesias Manufacturing PMI in June
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    A Look at the Indonesia Manufacturing PMI in June

    According to Markit Economics, Indonesia’s (IDX) manufacturing activity fell to a five-month low in June.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Indonesias Manufacturing PMI in May
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Indonesia’s Manufacturing PMI Saw 23-Month High in May

    According to a report by Markit Economics, Indonesia’s (IDX) (ASEA) manufacturing activity improved at a solid rate in May as compared to the previous month.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Indonesia’s Manufacturing PMI Rose in April

    Indonesia’s manufacturing activity improved more in April than in March. It was 51.6 in April and 50.7 in March.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Indonesia’s Manufacturing Activity Weakened in March

    According to Markit Economics, Indonesia’s (IDX) (ASEA) manufacturing activity witnessed a weaker rise in March than in February.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Mexico’s Manufacturing Activity Improved in March

    According to Markit Economics, Mexico’s (EWW) manufacturing activity improved in March, with its manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) rising to 52.4 from 51.6 in February.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Indonesias Manufacturing PMI in February
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Indonesia’s Manufacturing PMI Rose Strongly in February

    According to a report by Markit Economics, Indonesia’s (IDX) (ASEA) manufacturing activity rose solidly in February 2018.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Mexicos Manufacturing PMI in February
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Mexico’s Manufacturing PMI Fell in February 2018

    According to a report provided by Markit Economics, Mexico’s (EWW) manufacturing activity fell in February as compared to January 2018.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Indonesias Manufacturing PMI in January
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Indonesia’s Manufacturing Activity Contracted In January 2018

    Indonesia’s manufacturing activity According to Markit Economics, Indonesia’s (IDX) (ASEA) manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) contracted between December 2017 and January 2018, to 49.9 from 49.3, missing the market expectation of 50. A level below 50 indicates a contraction in activity.  Indonesia’s manufacturing PMI in January was based on the following factors: production volume and output remained stable new […]

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Mexicos Manufacturing PMI in January
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Mexico’s Manufacturing Activity Rises Strongly in January 2018

    Mexico’s manufacturing activity in January 2018 According to Markit Economics, Mexico’s (EWW) manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) rose strongly between December 2017 and January 2018, to 52.6 from 51.7. The PMI figure beat the market expectation of 52.5. Mexico’s manufacturing PMI rose in January 2018 due to the following factors: production output and volume rose at […]

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Indonesias Manufacturing PMI in December
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Indonesia’s Manufacturing PMI Contracted in December

    According to a report by Markit Economics, Indonesia’s (IDX) (ASEA) manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) contracted in December 2017.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    A Look at Emerging Market December PMI Reports

    The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM), which tracks the performance of emerging markets, rose 37.3% in 2017.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Indonesias Manufacturing PMI in November
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Analyzing Indonesia’s Manufacturing Activity in November 2017

    Indonesia’s manufacturing activity in November According to a report by Markit Economics, Indonesia’s (IDX) (ASEA) manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) rose to 50.4 in November from 50.1 in October 2017, marking the fourth consecutive month of expansion.   In November, Indonesia’s manufacturing PMI was driven by the following: production output and volume rose, marking a second consecutive month of expansion in […]

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Indonesias Manufacturing PMI in October
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Indonesia’s Manufacturing PMI Weakened in October

    According to a report by Markit Economics, Indonesia’s (IDX) (ASEA) manufacturing activity stood at 50.1 in October as compared to 50.4 in September.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Healthcare

    A Look at Indonesia’s Manufacturing PMI in September 2017

    Indonesia’s (IDX) (ASEA) manufacturing activity stood at 50.4 in September 2017 compared to 50.7 in August 2017.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Indonesias Manufacturing PMI in August
    Healthcare

    Indonesia Manufacturing PMI Saw Sharp Rise in August 2017

    In August 2017, Indonesia’s (IDX) (ASEA) manufacturing activity saw a sharp rise in the overall business conditions as compared to a contraction in the previous month.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Colombias Business Confidence Improves in June
    Consumer

    Marginal Rise in Industrial Confidence in Colombia in 2017

    Industrial confidence in Colombia (GXG) improved in June 2017 to -5.4% as compared to -8.8% in May 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///South Korean Manufacturing PMI Contracts in July
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    South Korean Exports’ Impact on Manufacturing Activity

    Manufacturing activity in July 2017 South Korean (EWY) manufacturing activity dropped in the July 2017, with a sharp reduction in output. The Nikkei South Korea (EEM) manufacturing PMI decreased to 49.1 from 50.1 in June, according to an IHS Markit report. Manufacturing activity in South Korea returned to contraction, with reduced orders for its key export markets, […]

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Indonesias Manufacturing Activity Deteriorates in July
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Indonesia’s Manufacturing Activity Fell

    Manufacturing activity in Indonesia In July 2017, manufacturing activity in Indonesia (EIDO) fell at the fastest pace in 19 months, mainly due to sharp decline in its output. Indonesia’S (EEM) manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) fell to 48.6, compared with 49.5 in June 2017, according to an IHS Markit report. New orders also fell in July […]

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Global Manufacturing Activity Slightly Up in July
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Global Manufacturing Activity Picks Up the Pace in July 2017

    In this series, we’ll look at the performance of global (ACWI) manufacturing indexes and manufacturing activity in emerging markets.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Consumer Confidence in Indonesia Down in June
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Indonesia’s Consumer Confidence Was Down in June 2017

    Consumer confidence in Indonesia (EIDO) fell to 122.4 in June 2017 from an all-time high of 125.9 in May 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Indonesias Manufacturing Activity Deteriorates in July
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Manufacturing Activity in Indonesia Contracted in July 2017

    Manufacturing activity in Indonesia (EEM) in July 2017 fell at its fastest pace in the last 19 months mainly due to the sharp decline in its output.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Inflation in Indonesia Down in July
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Inflation in Indonesia Fell in July: Is It a Correction or Trend?

    Inflation in Indonesia (EEM) in July 2017 stayed in line with the market expectation of 3.9%.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///South Korean Market Continues to Surge in July
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Equities in South Korea Rise with Tech Rally in July 2017

    South Korean equities are soaring in 2017, with the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (or KOSPI), its benchmark index, reaching an all-time high of 2,451.5 in July 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Chinas Imports Increase in June
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Did China’s Imports Rise on Its Structural Shift in June 2017?

    China’s (FXI) imports rose to $153.8 billion in June 2017, a 17.2% rise year-over-year (or YoY) and a 2% rise month-over-month.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Thailands Manufacturing Activity Expands in June
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Thailand Manufacturing Activity Accelerates in June 2017

    The Bank of Thailand is expecting economic growth to pick up in 2017 with improved domestic and external demand.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Consumer Confidence in Thailand Down in June
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Consumer Confidence in Thailand Is Low

    Consumer confidence in Thailand (THD) seems to be in a downtrend, as it continued to fall for two consecutive months as of June 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Thailand Continues to Record Trade Surplus in May
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Thailand’s Trade Surplus Rose in June 2017

    Thailand’s trade balance continues to expand due to improvement in external demand and tourism in May 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Inflation in Thailand in Negative Territory in June
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is Negative Inflation Suggesting Contraction in Thailand in 2017?

    Thailand’s (EEM) inflation in June 2017 exceeded the market estimate of a 0.1% drop.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Thailands GDP Expands in Q
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will Thailand Continue Its Economic Expansion in 2Q17?

    Thailand saw impressive growth in 1Q17 due in part to external demand and public investment. Its GDP rose 3.3% in 1Q17 as compared to a 3% rise in 4Q16.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Malaysias Economic Growth Jumps in Q
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Can Improved Demand Help Malaysia’s Economy Expand in 2Q17?

    The Malaysian economy gave us an impressive growth story in 1Q17, with its increased investments in infrastructure and private sector expansion.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Could Global Manufacturing Activity Improve as It Enters 3Q17?

    The JPMorgan Global Manufacturing PMI remained stable at 52.6 in June 2017. A consistent number indicates steady improvement in global manufacturing operating conditions in June compared to May.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Indonesian Exports Rise in June
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Improved Global Trade Supports Indonesia’s Economy

    Several external factors are expected to impact Indonesia’s economy in 2017. The US government’s protectionist stance is expected to influence global trade.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Singapore Manufacturing PMI Declines in May
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Inside Singapore’s Manufacturing Sector: A 2Q17 Momentum Story

    Singapore’s manufacturing sector is expected to rise in line with global manufacturing activity, which has shown improvement so far in 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Singapore Exports On Uptrend in
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will Export Resurgence Boost Singapore’s Growth This Year?

    As global economies continue to improve amid elevated geopolitical risks and policy uncertainty, Southeast Asian economies expect to remain resilient.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Economic Growth Slower in Singapore in Q
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Singapore Is Seeing Slow Growth in 2017

    Economic growth in Singapore has slowed down over the years due to the global financial crisis of 2008. But global recovery since 4Q16 appears to be helping.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Can Indonesia Remain an Emerging Market Favorite amid Religious Tension?

    The Indonesian economy is steadily growing, fueled by strong domestic consumption and efforts by its government to instigate pro-market reforms.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Indonesias Increasing Trade Surplus
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Understanding Fiscal Reforms in Indonesia: The Impact of a New Administration in Jakarta

    Investment climate reforms have improved Indonesia’s Ease of Doing Business rank, which has had a positive impact on its trade surpluses.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Indonesias GDP Growth
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Indonesia Has High GDP Growth Expectations, but Will These Help Markets in 2017?

    The World Bank is forecasting higher growth for Indonesia (IDX) at about 5.1% and 5.3% for 2017 and 2018, respectively.

    By Mary Sadler
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