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According to ANZ analysts, the growth outlook remains challenging for Asia.

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“While Q2 GDP growth has seen more upside surprises than downside, exports are still weak with no indication of a turnaround in the near-term.”

“Asian central banks have eased monetary policy to try and offset external headwinds. However, overall financial conditions – based on our proprietary index – is still on the restrictive side and is not supportive of a near-term recovery in growth. More aggressive monetary stimulus may be needed to generate a meaningful easing in financial conditions.”

“For some economies, given low policy rates, there is a limit to how much rates can be cut. This puts more onus on fiscal policy to lend a helping hand. For certain economies, some loosening of fiscal policy is underway.”