China-ASEAN Monitor

24 October, 2018

Photo credit: New Mandala   Economy, Investment and Trade China to expand trade and investment relations with Vietnam and Cambodia (19 October 2018) China will enhance cooperation in areas such as trade and investment

Malaysia: Economic Focus

23 October, 2018
By Michelle Chia, Economist, CIMB Research and Economic and Lim Yee Ping, Economist, CIMB Research |

HIGHLIGHTS Striking the right balance Key elements to watch in Budget 2019: Detailed fiscal framework, spending adjustments and revenue enhancements, like asset sales and taxes. Budget deficit to widen to 3.5-3.7% of GDP in

Singapore: September 2018 trade

22 October, 2018
By Michelle Chia, Economist, CIMB Research and Economic and Sofea Azahar, Economist, CIMB Research and Economics |

HIGHLIGHTS September 2018 trade NODX jumped to 8.3% yoy in September after a slower gain of 5.0% yoy in August due to sturdier growth in pharmaceuticals and narrower contraction in electronics. MAS raised the

Mekong Monitor

18 October, 2018

Photo Credit: Vietnam Plus   TRADE, ECONOMY, AND INVESTMENT   VIETNAM Mekong Delta Ports requires better connectivity to enhance efficiency (14 October 2018) River and sea ports in the Mekong Delta system of Group

Indonesia: September 2018 CPI inflation

18 October, 2018
By Lim Yee Ping, Economist, CIMB Research and Economics and Michelle Chia, Economist, CIMB Research and Economic |

HIGHLIGHTS September 2018 trade Steeper moderation in import growth led to the turnaround in trade balance to a surplus of US$227m in September, but 3Q18 trade deficit rose to a 5-year high. Weakening Rp/US$

China-ASEAN Monitor

17 October, 2018

Photo credit: iStock Photo   Economy, Investment and Trade ASEAN countries to benefit from US$7.2 billion Silk Road Development Fund of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) (16 October 2018) Southeast Asian nations are

Singapore: MAS monetary policy review

17 October, 2018
By Michelle Chia, Economist, CIMB Research and Economic and Sofea Azahar, Economist, CIMB Research and Economics |

HIGHLIGHTS MAS monetary policy review MAS steepened the slope of the S$NEER slightly, while maintaining the width and centre of the policy band, signaling further tightening of monetary policy. The policy decision was underpinned

Mekong Monitor

11 October, 2018

Photo Credit: The Straits Times   TRADE, ECONOMY, AND INVESTMENT   JAPAN-MEKONG Japan and Mekong countries to assume new three-year strategy on quality infrastructure (9 October 2018) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised to

China-ASEAN Monitor

10 October, 2018

Photo credit: The Straits Times   Economy, Investment and Trade Leaders of Singapore and China exchanged diplomatic letters to mark 15th anniversary of partnership (9 October 2018) Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and

Malaysia: August 2018 trade

8 October, 2018
By Michelle Chia, Economist, CIMB Research and Economic and Lim Yee Ping, Economist, CIMB Research |

HIGHLIGHTS August 2018 trade Trade surplus sank to a 46-month low of RM1.6bn due to weaker non-oil commodity exports and E&E shipments Our 2018 export forecast is lowered to 6.5% to reflect challenging trade