RaboResearch - Economic Research

Country Report

Australia (Country report)

The Australian economy has quickly shaken off the economic disruption caused by the Queensland floods. The reduction of the budget deficit is slower than expected, but given the very low level of government debt this is no cause for concern.

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Kazachstan (Country update)

Kazakhstan’s banking sector remains one of the country’s major weaknesses, while the authorities are increasingly intolerant of oppositional voices.

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Japan (Country report)

Recent macro data suggest that Japan’s economic activity is picking up, and supply chains are being restored faster than expected. The economy is expected to grow robustly in the short term. However, the long-term prospects are far less rosy.

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New Zealand (Country report)

Economic and financial developments in New Zealand have continued to be impacted by the aftershocks from the 4 September 2010 Canterbury earthquake. Absent further disruptions, rebuilding should support the economic recovery in the years to come.

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China (Country update)

Growth in China is slowing in line with a soft landing scenario (around 8.3% in 2012), but the need for structural reforms is insufficiently addressed. Inflation has fallen to around 3.5%.

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Vietnam (Country update)

Vietnam’s economy remains highly vulnerable and growth is running below trend at 5.9% in 2011. Inflation has fallen somewhat relative to 2011, but remains high and in double-digit territory.

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Singapore (Country report)

The Singaporean economy is slowing against the backdrop of weaker global growth and heightened global uncertainty. Key risks are a sharp and protracted downturn in large advanced economies and extreme financial stress spreading from the eurozone.

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Brunei (Country report)

Brunei's hydrocarbon-based economy has embarked on a gradual economic recovery and should benefit from strong Asian demand for its exports, as Japan is shifting its energy mix in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.