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Week Ahead APAC Economic Preview: Week of 18 March 2019

18 March 2019 Bernard Aw Chris Williamson
  • US FOMC and BoE meetings
  • Flash PMIs for US, Japan, Euro-area and Australia
  • Several Asian central banks also set monetary policy
  • Special report looks at new Indonesia-Australia trade agreement

A week in which the US Fed and the Bank of England meet to set monetary policy also sees the release of flash PMIs for the US, Eurozone, Japan and Australia - as well as the potential for further Brexit drama.

Central bank meetings and flash PMI surveys will lead Asian market moves in the coming week. Four regional central banks hold policy meetings. Other key Asian data releases include inflation for Japan and Malaysia, Taiwan's exports and Japan's trade. Thailand's general elections also take place on 24th March.

Our special report this week looks at the new Indonesia-Australia trade agreement.

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

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