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India / GDP

Quick fixes threaten macro-stability

September 20, 2017
Quick fixes threaten macro-stability

As India’s growth slows, the market is likely to crank up calls for stimulus. But we think that the costs of targeting faster growth via fiscal or monetary policy are likely to outweigh the benefits.

Taiwan / GDP

Taiwan and ASEAN: A step closer

September 19, 2017
Taiwan and ASEAN: A step closer

There is plenty of room for Taiwan to diversify from China to Southeast Asia; we assess the opportunities and risks in the ASEAN market – looking at growth prospects, labour resources, and macroecono...

Global / GDP

Q4 Outlook: Enduring myths

September 07, 2017
Q4 Outlook: Enduring myths

The myth that Asia is still dependent on the US for growth needs to be popped; it won’t be long, we believe.

China / Consumer

Will regulations crimp the growth of universities?

September 25, 2017
Will regulations crimp the growth of universities?

As the Chinese government imposes a quota on the number of university students allowed to enrol each year, we think universities will face slower growth. We prefer stocks in the K12 space.

China / Real Estate

Encouraging rise in traffic to sales offices

September 20, 2017
Encouraging rise in traffic to sales offices

Guangzhou, Foshan, and Zhongshan are reporting more interest from potential home-buyers; we have developers CIFI, Yuzhou, KWG, Yanlord, and Yuexiu on our radar.

China / Real Estate

Insurance funds banned from investing in property

September 20, 2017
Insurance funds banned from investing in property

A weekly snapshot of the Chinese property market – from sales volume to inventory levels – in the Tier-I to -III cities; as well as an overview of the share performance of sector players.

Global / Equities

ETF assets climb as the stock market scales new heights

September 25, 2017
ETF assets climb as the stock market scales new heights

The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 have appreciated 13.41% and 12.03%, respectively, this year; ETF assets continue to climb. For more details, see our Weekly Global ETF Commentary.

Hong Kong / Equities

Time to take some chips off the table?

September 19, 2017
Time to take some chips off the table?

We are seeing some signs that the Hong Kong market is losing steam, and some risks are growing. Investors should take profit in automakers and Chinese consumer stocks.

Global / Equities

Not all ETFs are thriving

September 18, 2017
Not all ETFs are thriving

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are gathering assets at a record pace but not all are thriving, with a record 42 ETFs scheduled to close in September. For more, see our Weekly Global ETF Commentary.

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India / Rates

Weak risk appetite keeps markets on edge

September 26, 2017
Weak risk appetite keeps markets on edge

With the Indian government having failed to outline a much anticipated stimulus package this week, pressure is mounting on the central bank to ease rates next week, but it is unlikely to oblige.

Singapore / GDP

Another strong showing in industrial output

September 26, 2017
Another strong showing in industrial output

The headline industrial production index for August is likely to register an expansion of 14.3% year-on-year. While this is a moderation from 21% in July, it is still a solid performance.

Japan / GDP

Can Abe’s stimulus buy enough votes?

September 26, 2017
Can Abe’s stimulus buy enough votes?

It is no surprise that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s call for a snap election been accompanied by a fiscal stimulus pledge. Nonetheless, his party will still face significant challenges.

Global / Currencies

Things are looking good for the USD

September 26, 2017
Things are looking good for the USD

Growing support for a US rate hike, higher oil prices, rising inflation, and the possible announcement of US tax cuts this week should keep the balance of risks in favour of the USD.

US / Rates

Fed expectations and the inflation premium

September 26, 2017
Fed expectations and the inflation premium

We think that US Treasury curve flattening (two-year/30-year) will now proceed at a slower pace. Meanwhile, the three-month/two-year segment, which has been underpricing Fed risks, is likely to steep...

Global / Currencies

German elections to boost EUR?

September 25, 2017
German elections to boost EUR?

Unlike the French elections in April-May, the EUR may not get a lift from the German elections held on Sunday.

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Asia / Equities

Asian equities largely lower

September 25, 2017
Asian equities largely lower

Investors turn wary on rising geopolitical tensions

Global / Currencies

Euro snaps two-day rally

September 25, 2017
Euro snaps two-day rally

The common currency slides early Monday morning on Merkel's marred victory

Developed Markets / Equities

US stocks vacillate

September 25, 2017
US stocks vacillate

Caution over North Korea's latest barbs cap equity gains

Global / Insights

US debt ceiling, tax reform take centre stage

August 28, 2017
US debt ceiling, tax reform take centre stage

Investors are increasingly buying protection for downside risks

Global / Insights

EM outperforms DM on mounting US political turmoil

August 21, 2017
EM outperforms DM on mounting US political turmoil

Global investors are seeking cheaper exposures to equities

Global / Insights

Risk assets: shaken, but not stirred

August 14, 2017
Risk assets: shaken, but not stirred

Despite the volatility, the magnitude of the recent correction suggests that markets have been pricing in an eventual resolution to the crisis

Global / Outlook

3Q17: Desperately seeking value

June 27, 2017
3Q17: Desperately seeking value

Neither feast nor famine - that is the frustrating outlook for global equities

Global / Equities

The markets needed a correction; they will get it

May 19, 2017
The markets needed a correction; they will get it

After all, this is a market priced for perfection – not a loose cannon President, say DBS Chief Investment Officer Lim Say Boon and Strategist Jason Low

Global / Equities

Have global equities hit stall speed?

May 12, 2017
Have global equities hit stall speed?

DBS Chief Investment Officer Lim Say Boon thinks global equitiesmay be about to fall out of their trading ranges.

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China / Real Estate

China Retail Property: Don’t underestimate rental upside

September 07, 2017
China Retail Property: Don’t underestimate rental upside

While retail space in China is set to increase over the next couple of years, we think that the risk of oversupply is overstated; we analyse the trends and dynamics which we believe would prop up ret...

Global / GDP

Q4 Outlook: Enduring myths

September 07, 2017
Q4 Outlook: Enduring myths

The myth that Asia is still dependent on the US for growth needs to be popped; it won’t be long, we believe.

Global / Oil and Gas

Oil price: Rebalancing underway

August 25, 2017
Oil price: Rebalancing underway

We have lowered our 2017 Brent crude oil price forecast by US$5 per barrel due to higher-than-expected US shale production. But we remain positive on rebalancing in 2H17 and into 2018.