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Fed Lifts Rates and Forecasts a Steeper Path of Hikes

22nd March 2018
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted to raise its benchmark funds rate by a quarter percentage point to a range of 1.5% to 1.75%. The hikes are in line with the FOMC’s plans for gradual tightening and further adjustments in the stance of monetary policy amid a robust increase in economic activity and continuous improvement in the labour market.
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Inflation Returns to Developed Markets

13th February 2018
In 2017 inflation accelerated across the developed economies as global inflation reached 3.2%. Against a backdrop of higher inflation and reduced economic slack, central banks are expected to tighten the reins next year in most developed economies. Conversely, the central banks in main emerging markets will cut their key rates, reflecting a more stable macroeconomic environment.
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Portfolio Investments in ASEAN Amid Policy Easing

25th January 2018
Since the financial crisis Emerging Market Economies (EMEs) have provided attractive investment opportunities for international investors seeking to diversify away from the advanced economies mired in sluggish growth and with squeezed profit margins. The persistently high GDP growth differentials and interest rate spreads between the advanced economies and the EMEs have been widely recognized as key determinants of much of the international capital flows.

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