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  • S&P Sees Several Threats to the Indonesian Economy

    S&P Sees Several Threats to the Indonesian Economy

    Although the fundamentals of the Indonesian economy are sound, credit rating agency Standard & Poor's Global Ratings (S&P) warned that there are several threats. These threats include four Fed Funds Rate hikes in 2018, a fragile rupiah, a looming higher benchmark interest rate in Indonesia (BI 7-day Reverse Repo), sluggish household consumption growth, a shift of focus from reforms to elections, the impact of a global trade war, and a deterioration in the balance sheets of certain state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

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  • US February Payrolls Soar 313,000, Jobless Rate Holds at 4.1%

    US February Payrolls Soar 313,000, Jobless Rate Holds at 4.1%

    Rapidly rising US stock futures and a sell-off in the bond market. These are the results of an impressive US jobs report, released by the US Labor Department on Friday morning (American time) or evening (Indonesian time). The US economy added 313,000 jobs in February 2018, the highest increase since October 2015. A huge rise in construction jobs was one of the key supporting factors. Meanwhile, the US unemployment rate stayed at 4.1 percent for a 5th straight month.

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  • Indonesian Rupiah Weakens Beyond IDR 13,800 per US Dollar Level

    Indonesian Rupiah Weakens Beyond IDR 13,800 per US Dollar Level

    Based on the Bloomberg Dollar Index the value of the Indonesian rupiah weakened 0.41 percent to IDR 13,816 per US dollar on Thursday (08/03), the currency's weakest position since January 2016, ahead of the release of US non-farm payrolls and US employment data due on Friday (09/03). These data are expected to be strong and therefore pave the way for another Fed Funds Rate hike in March 2018.

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  • Foreign Exchange Assets Indonesia Fall on Rupiah Stabilization Efforts

    Foreign Exchange Assets Indonesia Fall on Rupiah Stabilization

    Indonesia's foreign exchange reserves fell from a record high of USD $131.98 billion at the end of January 2018 to USD $128.06 billion at the end of February 2018. In a statement released on its official website, the central bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia) attributed the decline in reserve assets is to the use of foreign exchange to repay government external debt as well as efforts to stabilize the Indonesian rupiah exchange rate.

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  • Currency of Indonesia Update: Rupiah Feels Impact of Powell Speech

    Currency of Indonesia Update: Rupiah Feels Impact of Powell Speech

    Based on the Bloomberg Dollar Index the Indonesian rupiah depreciated 0.53 percent to IDR 13,751 per US dollar on Wednesday (28/02), the weakest level against the greenback in slightly over two years. The weakening of the rupiah is in line with the performance of most other currencies as the US dollar is at a three-week high after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell struck a hawkish tone in his first congressional testimony.

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  • Indonesia's Rupiah Currency Expected to Rebound Soon

    Indonesia's Rupiah Currency Expected to Rebound Soon

    Over the past two weeks the Indonesian rupiah depreciated significantly, passing beyond the IDR 13,600 per US dollar level. Also on Monday (12/02) rupiah weakening continued albeit very limited. By 15:25 pm local Jakarta time the currency of Indonesia had weakened 0.05 percent to IDR 13,635 per US dollar (Bloomberg Dollar Index).

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  • Stock Market Update Indonesia: Another Tough Day Expected

    Stock Market Update Indonesia: Another Tough Day Expected

    Overnight, the Dow Jones Industrial Average experienced another correction, in fact: a brutal sell-off. After Monday's heavy losses, the Dow Jones plunged 4.15 percent to 23,860 points on Thursday (08/02). Besides the Dow Jones, the S&P 500 has also entered "correction territory" (having fallen over ten percent since their January highs). The mini correction that we saw on Tuesday may have been the eye in the storm only.

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  • Stock Market & Rupiah Update Indonesia - 31 January 2018

    Stock Market & Rupiah Update Indonesia - 31 January 2018

    The benchmark Jakarta Composite Index of Indonesia - Jakarta Composite Index - rebounded 0.46 percent to 6,605.63 points on Wednesday (31/01) after the heavy 1.57 percent drop on the preceding day when Asian stock markets were dragged down by Wall Street and rising global bond yields.

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  • Stock Market Update Indonesia: Tough Day at the Office

    Stock Market Update Indonesia: Tough Day at the Office

    Indonesia's benchmark Jakarta Composite Index was down 1.76 percent to 6,563.28 points by 14:20 pm local Jakarta time on Tuesday (30/01). Indonesian shares follow the overall trend that we see across Asia today. However, due to the record high position of Indonesian stocks at yesterday's close, they are more vulnerable to profit taking amid today's weak market sentiments.

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  • Bank Indonesia Staying Behind the Curve; Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged at Policy Meeting

    Bank Indonesia Staying Behind the Curve; Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged at Policy Meeting

    We were surprised to learn that Indonesia’s central bank (Bank Indonesia) decided to leave its interest rates unchanged at the two-day monetary policy meeting on 23-24 May 2022. The benchmark BI 7-Day Reverse Repo Rate was kept at 3.50 percent, while the deposit facility and lending facility rates were maintained at 2.75 percent and 4.25 percent, respectively. We had expected Bank Indonesia to raise its key rate by 0.25 percent to 3.75 percent at this occasion.

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  • Gold Miners Ready for Major Moves

    Gold Miners Ready for Major Moves

    As stock markets continue to trade near precarious highs and an underlying current of geopolitical uncertainty continues to limit the outlook for equities in 2019, it is not entirely surprising to see going prices rallying. Indeed, this has been our price forecast for several weeks. But the confirmation of these forecasts came as the result of new evidence indicating weakness in US labor markets and rising expectations that the Federal Reserve will be forced to reduce interest rates more than previously anticipated. 

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  • Indonesian Currency Update: Rupiah Weakens Against US Dollar in March

    Indonesian Currency Update: Rupiah Weakens Against US Dollar in March

    The Indonesian rupiah rate weakened against the US dollar in March 2019. Bank Indonesia’s benchmark JISDOR rate finished the third month of the year at a position of IDR 14,244 per US dollar, down 1.29 percent compared to the level of IDR 14,062 per US dollar that was set at the last trading day of February 2019. Nevertheless, compared to the start of the year, the rupiah has remained in positive territory, having appreciated 1.64 percent against the US greenback in the first quarter of 2019.

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  • Keynote Speech of Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati

    Keynote Speech of Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati

    At the annual “Fitch Ratings Indonesia Credit Briefing”, which was organized on 20 March 2019 in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati was invited to present her keynote speech. This year's theme of Fitch Ratings’ annual event in Jakarta was "The Election, Macro-Economy and Credit Market", and therefore Sri Mulyani’s speech focused on two topics: (1) the elections and (2) the economy.

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  • Monetary Policy Indonesia: the Need for Hawkish Statements Reduces

    Monetary Policy Indonesia: the Need for Hawkish Statements Reduces

    In line with expectations, the central bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia) kept its benchmark BI 7-Day Reverse Repo Rate at 6.00 percent at the February policy meeting that was held on 20-21 February 2019. Also the deposit facility and lending facility rates were kept at 5.25 percent and 6.75 percent, respectively.

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  • Currency Update: Strong Rupiah Performance in the First Month of 2019

    Currency Update: Strong Rupiah Performance in the First Month of 2019

    The Indonesian rupiah appreciated markedly in January 2019, and reached its strongest level since the end of June last year. The benchmark JISDOR rate of Bank Indonesia ended the first month of 2019 at IDR 14,072 per US dollar, strengthening from the level of IDR 14,481 per US dollar at the last trading day of 2018. Or, in other words, the rupiah managed to appreciate 2.82 percent against the greenback in the first month of 2019.

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