10 November 2019
The US Federal Reserve (Fed) has decided to cut rates for the third time this year at its latest monetary policy meeting in October 29-30th. The target range for the benchmark fed funds rate was...
14 September 2019
Early this year, despite having highlighted a bleak picture for global growth and the persistence of political risks, we pointed out that emerging markets (EM) were set to enter 2019 on a more...
17 August 2019
Bond markets were particularly volatile in recent days. In fact, over the 72 hour period from July 30th to August 1st, market expectations about the future path of US policy rates fluctuated...
09 June 2019
The US Federal Reserve, widely known as simply ‘the Fed,’ is conducting a comprehensive review of its monetary policy framework. First announced in November 2018, the review intends to engage US Fed...
09 March 2019
With a more dovish US Federal Reserve (Fed) and positive developments in global trade disputes, emerging markets (EM) have benefited from a substantial recovery in risk sentiment. However, recent...
09 February 2019
The US Federal Reserve, widely known as simply ‘the Fed,’ surprised the market over the 29-30 January meeting of its Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) by delivering a dovish message that clearly...
29 December 2018
The US Federal Reserve, widely known as simply ‘the Fed,’ delivered another 25 basis point (bp) hike in its policy rate following the 18-19th December meeting of its Federal Open Market Committee (...
22 December 2018
Qatar Central Bank (QCB) announceda 25 basis points increase on the QCB Deposit Rate (QCBDR). The latest quarter-point increase brings the federal funds rate to a new range of 2.25 to 2.50 percent....
03 November 2018
In its latest World Economic Outlook, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) downgraded near-term global growth prospects to 3.7% from 3.9% for both 2018 and 2019. While the new projections still...
06 October 2018
The US Federal Reserve, widely known as simply ‘the Fed’, duly hiked short-term interest rates by 25bp for the third time this year following its 26-27th September meeting. The decision comes despite...
01 September 2018
GDP growth in South-East Asia remained robust in the second quarter of the year despite headwinds from slower world trade and tightening monetary policy. Inevitably, there are important differences...
28 July 2018
Bank Indonesia (BI, the central bank) left its benchmark policy rate on hold at 5.25% following the conclusion of its latest Board of Governors meeting on July 19th. The unchanged decision on policy...

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