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Indonesia: Improving trade balance – ANZ

According to ANZ analysts, Indonesia’s latest trade data signals alleviating pressure on the current account deficit, but the improvement in the external balance was driven by a sharp fall in imports and comes at the expense of growth.

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“The IDR has been reasonably resilient despite rising geopolitical risks and global oil prices following an attack on Saudi Arabia’s key oil facilities.”

“A 25bp cut by Bank Indonesia on 19 September to take the policy rate to 5.25% looks to be on the cards.”

“We are maintaining our forecast for a total of 100bps of cuts in BI’s current easing cycle for now, but acknowledge that the risk of deeper cuts is rising.”

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