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Week Ahead APAC Economic Preview: Week of 17 December 2018

14 December 2018 Bernard Aw Chris Williamson Rajiv Biswas
  • Central banks to dominate market attention in coming week, with FOMC and BOE the key meetings to watch
  • In Asia, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan also decide on monetary policy
  • Taiwan export orders
  • Special focus on India's central bank

Several major central bank meetings will command market attention in the coming week, with policymakers in the US, UK and Japan all deciding on monetary policy while in Asia, central banks in Taiwan, Indonesia and Thailand will also set interest rates. Trade data from Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan will offer clues as to trade conditions across the region while the latest RBA's meeting minutes provide insights into future monetary policy moves.

Other data highlights for Asia include inflation figures for Japan, Malaysia and Hong Kong, New Zealand's third quarter GDP, and Australia's job data.

Our special focus this week looks at the challenges facing the incoming governor of India's central bank amid concerns about the bank's independence.

Download the article for a full diary of key economic releases.

Contact for further APAC commentary: Rajiv Biswas or Bernard Aw

Contact for European and US PMI commentary: Chris Williamson

Please note that the next Week Ahead will be published 4th January 2019.

We would therefore like to take this opportunity to send all our readers best wishes for the Christmas holidays and for 2019.


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