• FxWirePro: driving forces of Asian growth in 2017 - option trading radar in Asian emfx pool

    Source: FxWire Pro - Economy / 28 Feb 2017 05:41:38   Eastern Standard Time

    Asia focus: 2017 growth drivers: With GDP growth for the final quarter of 2016 rolling in from around the region. As per the JPM’s projections, EM Asia GDP grew 5.8% in 2016, in line with their expectations at the beginning of last year (refer above nutshell). Looking ahead, the forecasts go another tick down in regional growth to 5.7% in 2017, the second year of sub 6.0% growth since 2001.

    The expected slowing in the regional heavyweight China weighs down 2017 EM Asia growth forecasts, as its solid domestic demand conditions in 2016, supported by a robust housing market, likely will soften this year. The recovery in consumption in India, due to the fading impact of demonetization, should partially offset the slowing in China (refer above diagram).

    Outside of China and India, domestic demand conditions remain positive this year, except in Korea, where political uncertainty and tight fiscal policy likely will drag on investment growth. A stronger tech cycle likely will contribute more to growth in Korea and Taiwan in 2017 than in 2016. In ASEAN, fiscal spending should keep domestic demand firm, while consumption remains more mixed (refer above diagram).

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