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USD down on Fed’s Mester comments re: balance sheet

Fed President Mester (a hawk) makes dovish comments overnight on the Fed balance sheet.
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ECB stimulus conditional on a more sustained euro zone slowdown

Bank of France Governor and ECB council member Villeroy - “slowdown of the European economy is “significant” and the ECB could change its interest-rates guidance if it becomes clear the situation isn’t temporary”.
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Implications from China's Bond and Equity Index Inclusion

In 2019, prospects for Chinese bonds and equities to be included in major global indices could further drive inflows.
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ASEAN - Beneficiary of trade tensions

ASEAN - Beneficiary of trade tensions

Citi analysts believe that ASEAN could be a key beneficiary of trade diversion and supply chain reconfiguration away from China to circumvent rising US tariffs.
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China, US close to final goal on trade

Chinese Global Times (state-owned) editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin says on Friday that "from what I know, during the just concluded round of China-US trade talks...........
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Weaker US data starting to validate Fed’s more dovish stance

A sharply weaker US retail sales report for December sees the headline print fall -1.2% versus +0.1% expected and ex auto and gas decline -1.4% versus +0.4% forecast while the important control group drops -1.7%, the lowest level seen since 2011.
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