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Week Ahead APAC Economic Preview: Week of 17 December 2018

Central banks to dominate market attention in coming week, withFOMC and BOE the key meetings to watchIn Asia, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan also decide onmonetary policyTaiwan export ordersSpecial focus on India's central bank

Several major central bank meetings will command marketattention in the coming week, with policymakers in the US, UK andJapan all deciding on monetary policy while in Asia, central banksin Taiwan, Indonesia and Thailand will also set interest rates.Trade data from Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan will offerclues as to trade conditions across the region while the latestRBA's meeting minutes provide insights into future monetary policymoves.

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

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

Download the article for a full diary of key economicreleases.

Contact for further APAC commentary: Rajiv Biswas or BernardAw

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IHS Markit US PMI signals GDP growth rate slowing close to 2.0% in December

Flash PMI signals weakest growth for one-and-a-half years inDecemberPMI indicates GDP growth rate close to 2.5% in Q4, but momentumdown to 2.0% towards year endIHS Markit survey paints far weaker picture than ISM

Flash PMI™ survey data from IHS Markit show the US economylosing further growth momentum in December. While the latest datarounded off a relatively solid fourth quarter, the surveys indicatethat the pace of economic growth has slowed markedly compared toearlier in the year to reach a one-and-a-half year low as the yearcloses.

At 53.6 in December, the latest composite PMI output index,which covers both manufacturing and services, fell from 54.7 inNovember to reach its lowest since May 2017. The index peaked backin May at 56.6.

The December slowdown was caused by the weakest service sectorexpansion since January. Manufacturing output growth remainedunchanged on that seen in November, though even that was thejoint-smallest factory output rise seen over the past 15months.

The PMI came on the heels of official data showing manufacturingproduction to have been flat in November, having declined 0.1% inOctober. That leaves output running just 0.2% (0.7% annualised)higher in the fourth quarter compared to the third quarter, whichis in line with the signal from the IHS Markit PMI manufacturingoutput index.

Historical comparisons of the IHS Markit survey data with grossdomestic product indicate that the PMI is indicative of the economygrowing at an annualised pace of just under 2.5% in the fourthquarter, below the 4.2% and 3.5% rates indicated by the officialdata for the second and third quarters respectively. However,growth momentum was also lost over the course of the fourthquarter, with the December PMI reading consistent with GDP growthsliding closer to 2.0%.

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Euro area job vacancy rate at 2.1%

The job vacancy rate in the euro area (EA19) was 2.1% in the third quarter of 2018, stable compared with the previous quarter and up from 1.9% in the third quarter of 2017, according to figures published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the EU28, the job vacancy rate was 2.2% in the third quarter of 2018, stable compared with the previous quarter and up from 2.0% in the third quarter of 2017.Original link
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Annual growth in labour costs at 2.5% in euro area

Hourly labour costs rose by 2.5% in the euro area (EA19) and by 2.7% in the EU28 in the third quarter of 2018, compared with the same quarter of the previous year. In the second quarter of 2018, hourly labour costs increased by 2.3% and 2.7% respectively. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.Original link
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Week Ahead APAC Economic Preview: Week of 17 December 2018

Central banks to dominate market attention in coming week, withFOMC and BOE the key meetings to watchIn Asia, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan also decide onmonetary policyTaiwan export ordersSpecial focus on India's central bank

Several major central bank meetings will command marketattention in the coming week, with policymakers in the US, UK andJapan all deciding on monetary policy while in Asia, central banksin Taiwan, Indonesia and Thailand will also set interest rates.Trade data from Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan will offerclues as to trade conditions across the region while the latestRBA's meeting minutes provide insights into future monetary policymoves.

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

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

Download the article for a full diary of key economicreleases.

Contact for further APAC commentary: Rajiv Biswas or BernardAw

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Aktuell: Price Formation, Transparency and Liquidity in the Focus of Real Estate Experts at ZEW

To what extent do house prices depend on the prices of other properties? Why are there differences between the list price of a house and the transaction price? And how much power do project developers have in certain real estate markets? These were some of the questions discussed by international researchers of the Leibniz Network “Real Estate Markets and Capital Markets” on 8 and 9 November 2018 at the Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim.Original link
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Aktuell: ZEW Employee Heike Ehrhard Successfully Completes Dual Study Programme

Heike Ehrhard successfully completed her dual bachelor’s degree programme in business information systems at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Mannheim and at ZEW in autumn 2018. In October, she joined the ZEW General Services Department in the area of digitalisation as a staff member. ZEW congratulates Ms. Ehrhard on completing her dual studies and hopes to support further vocational training programmes in the future.Original link
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Consumption per capita varied between 54% and 132% of the EU average

Actual Individual Consumption (AIC) is a measure of material welfare of households. Across the Member States in 2017, AIC per capita expressed in Purchasing Power Standards (PPS) varied from 54% of the European Union (EU) average in Bulgaria to 132% in Luxembourg.Original link
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