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U.S. | The energy mix: a balancing act

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Natural gas is a vehicle towards renewables, but LNG supply shortfall to emerge in next decade. Policies such as Clean Power Plan accelerate growth of wind and solar. Shale still has key role as link between storage and long-term projects.

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Philippines | Is Duterte ready to clear high bar?

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Philippines President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has a high bar to clear as he takes on the reform mantle from Benigno Aquino III, who was instrumental in delivering impressive economic performance despite a tough external environment. In this watch, we examine the state of Philippines economy so as to ascertain key macroeconomic challenges facing the new administration.

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Geographies:Asia China India

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Oil impact on Asia’s structural current accounts

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In this watch, we decompose the current account balances of emerging market Asian economies into cyclical and structural components to examine the oil price impact on Asia’s structural current accounts.

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ASIA | Equity-for-Debt Swap – A Pareto-Optimal solution to China’s banking sector woes?

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With China’s banking sector facing rising asset quality concerns, policymakers recently announced an Equity-for-Debt Swap (EDS) program, aiming to reduce commercial banks' stressed assets. In this watch, we draw upon other countries' experiences to highlight key issues that Chinese policymakers should address for ensuring effective implementation of its new EDS program.

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ASIA | Tackling China’s currency woes – Policy references from India

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In this watch, we focus on concerns surrounding China’s currency woes, which have often unnerved investors in the recent past, while triggering capital flight. We examine whether past measures adopted by Indian policymakers to stem similar risks can be considered by China as a point of reference in its domestic policy toolkit.

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ASIA | Gauging the impact of China’s growth slowdown on emerging Asia

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Concerns that economic deceleration in China could be sharper and more disorderly than expected have unnerved investors over its spill-over effects on growth and financial stability in emerging Asia. In this watch, we gauge the impact of China’s transition on emerging Asia amid on-going issues surrounding China slowdown, Yuan depreciation and financial market volatility.

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India | Banking sector dragging down or driving up India's growth story?

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In this watch, we examine key issues facing India's banking sector, their impact on banks' ability to support India's growth up-cycle, the effectiveness of recent policy measures to tackle banks’ inherent problems; and put forth policy recommendations.

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Extending access to the formal financial system: the banking correspondent business model

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New ways of understanding banking, technological improvements, and regulation yield new means of interaction between customers and banks through outsourcing agreements. This paper provides the first harmonised database with information on the number of banking correspondents by country, which helps in measuring access to the formal financial system.

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Taking stock of the challenges ahead for Indonesia’s new President

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Indonesia’s new President, Joko Widodo will assume office on October 20 2014. His election caused a wave of positive sentiment among investors. Initial enthusiasm has since given way to skepticism, as a number of political bottlenecks threaten to hamper Jokowi’s ability to push for reform. Indonesia’s potential is huge, however the economy has lost its mojo over the past years, revealing underlying fragilities. In this Economic Watch, we examine the challenges ahead for Jokowi as well as what measures are needed in order to boost Indonesia’s alternative growth engines.

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India is becoming key for world energy demand: What are the main opportunities and challenges?

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In this Economic Watch, we examine India’s quest for energy resources and evaluate its implications for global energy trade. We also flag the associated challenges and propose an effective solution to India’s complex energy issues, particularly for coal, which is India’s largest energy source comprising 55% of total energy consumption and 70% of electricity generation.

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What explains India’s surge in outward direct investment?

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In this paper, we analyze empirically what are the factors behind the geographical destination of India’s ODI.

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India's overseas direct investments – Notable growth, but yet to achieve scale

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External orientation of Indian companies has increased remarkably over the past decade

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India Banking Watch: A review of foreign bank performance and retail prospects in India

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As part of the larger reform effort to promote economic openness and encourage foreign investment, the Indian authorities are taking steps to liberalize the nation’s banking sector.

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Taking stock of India’s reforms to restart growth

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After achieving near double-digit annual growth during 2002-07, India’s economy has lost steam, with growth falling to a decade low of 5% in 2012. In addition to the weak global environment, the factors for the growth slippage are due to a number of inter-related domestic issues.

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