RaboResearch - Economic Research

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Country Report Japan

We believe Abenomics -consisting of fiscal, monetary and structural measures- is a unique opportunity to end deflation and spur growth. However, political reality shows that Abenomics is incomplete as structural reforms are clearly lagging.

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Country Report New Zealand

New Zealand suffers from a persistent gap between savings and investment. Growth is currently gaining momentum, but this is mainly credit-driven. House prices are increasing fast and the necessary deleveraging process has been put into reverse.

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Country Report Australia

Economic growth in Australia decelerates due to lower mining investments. The outlook depends heavily on demand from China for its commodities and the ability to shift to non-mining growth drivers. The Dutch disease makes this move more difficult.

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Country Report Singapore

Strong institutions and effective policymaking support (potential) GDP growth, while the state’s small size and ageing pose challenges. Healthy balance sheets across the board and a solid international creditor position reduces Singapore’s susceptibility to shocks and financial crises.

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Country Report Vietnam

Since 2012, Vietnam is slowly building up a track record of economic stability. Meanwhile, the government continues to work on needed reforms, but has not taken away the risks. External liquidity is very weak, but no longer critical.

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Country Report South Korea

Economic growth has accelerated last year, and is expected to rise to 3.4% this year. In the face of tapering, South Korea is confronted with an uncertain external environment. However, so far the impact has been limited.

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Country Report Malaysia

The 2013 elections kept the ruling BN coalition in charge of Malaysia, but losing the popular vote gave the coalition a wakeup call. The outlook for economic growth is stable, although the high household debt poses a medium term risk

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Country Report Indonesia

The third free presidential elections in Indonesia’s history (1H2014) will bring a new president into office, as Yudhoyono is barred from participating after completing two terms. There is no clear favorite, increasing policy uncertainty. Also, the external position is weakening.

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Country Report Taiwan

Due to a weak external environment, Taiwan’s economy has been performing weakly, but a slight growth acceleration is expected. Political infighting in the ruling KMT party has weakened the president’s position and will hamper policy implementation.

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Country Report China

Growth in China is rebounding but, unfortunately, still driven by investment growth on the back of government stimulus and credit growth. The government thus still prioritizes on short-term growth, which makes implementing reforms a difficult task.

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Country Report India

The market anticipation of Fed QE tapering has sent the Indian rupee to record lows. However, India is not a blameless victim. It struggles with fundamental issues constraining economic growth, large twin deficits and a declining investor confidence on the back of inadequate economic reforms.

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Country Report South Korea

Supported by government measures, real GDP growth in South Korea has been accelerating. Meanwhile, tensions with North Korea have eased, for now. South Korea’s banking sector remains vulnerable to external liquidity risks and rising household debt.

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Country Report Sri Lanka

Although economic growth in Sri Lanka slowed down last year, elevated inflation remains a concern. While both the budget deficit and the current account deficit declined slightly in 2012, both deficits remain large.

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Country Report Mongolia

Mongolia’s economy slowed in 2012 on the back of lower demand from China and slowing FDI inflows. The government has implemented policies to support growth. A more cooperative stance towards foreign investors should help to regain their confidence.

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Country Report Philippines

The Philippines has managed to maintain macroeconomic stability despite a weak external environment. Meanwhile, helped by large and steady remittances inflows, the country’s external (liquidity) position remains strong.