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According to ANZ analysts, for the Asian economies, there has been considerable improvement in the trade balances of India, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

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“Weak energy as well as non-energy imports underlie this correction, with the latter symptomatic of sluggish domestic activity and investment in particular.”

“Existing fiscal policies and anticipated monetary easing measures will be unable to reverse the weakness in non-energy imports. On the other hand, as the three economies are all net oil importers, a sustained oil price rally can moderate or even reverse this progress.”

“Overall, the improvement in the trade balances is a positive development. Even though symptomatic of weak investment activity, we need to bear in mind that large current account deficits were a key source of currency weakness in 2018.”