Inflation dynamics and its effects on economy

by: Prof. Yeah Kim Leng, Director of Economic Studies Program at Jeffrey Cheah In­stitute on Southeast Asia

After nearly two years of low consumer prices and falling pro­ducer prices, their steady rise in the first quarter of this year sug­gests that higher inflation and price shocks will once again test the resilience of households, busi­nesses and the overall economy.

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EMD economies bracing for more challenges

by: Prof. Yeah Kim Leng, Director of Economic Studies Program at Jeffrey Cheah In­stitute on Southeast Asia

While the recent surge in ex­ports and strengthening demand across most economies have buoyed expectations that the global economy is on an upward growth trajectory this year, the external environment of emerging market and developing (EMD) economies is set to be­come more challenging in the medium term. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest outlook publication has de­scribed it as a “less travelled and complicated” external environ­ment for the EMD economies.

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