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No New Tariffs, For Now…
The US has delayed a decision to label automobile imports a national security threat, but the tariff threat remains on the table.
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Singapore Exports Maintain Double-Digit Decline In 2Q
Data foreshadows a continued slowdown in manufacturing and GDP growth in the current quarter, making it increasingly difficult for the central bank to maintain its tighter policy stance.
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Russia Keeps Accumulating Foreign Assets
April balance of payments confirms the corporate preference to convert export proceeds into international assets, making foreign inflows into local state bonds the only support factor for the ruble exchange rate.
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Bank Indonesia Keeps Rates Unchanged As Expected
After performing relatively well in the first four months of the year, the Indonesian rupiah has come under renewed pressure on concerns about a protracted trade war between the US and China.
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Malaysia’s Economy Outperforms In 1Q
With growth firmly sitting within the central bank’s 4.3-4.8% forecast range for 2019 there will be no need for more rate cuts this year.
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Dip In US Retail Sales Unlikely To Last
The decline in US retail sales during April was relatively modest given the strong growth seen in March. With wage growth grinding higher, the outlook for consumers looks fairly bright.
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