Boston, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/12/2014 -- Core Views:
- We expect inflation to arrive at 5.4% at end-2014, slightly above the Central Bank of Russia's inflation target of 5.0% for 2014, and to average 5.1% in 2015, mainly driven by the government-mandated utility price freeze in 2014-2015. Abating inflation will allow the CBR to cut its main policy rate, from 5.50% at the time of writing to 5.25% in 2014, in a bid to shore up the flagging economy.
- We forecast the Russian economy to grow by a modest 1.9% in 2014 and 2.2% in 2015, as the main driver of growth over the past decade - household consumption - continues to weaken. At the same time, the demand-side measures taken by the government to boost investment will do little to address the supply-side factors weighing on investment, further reinforcing our expectations for subdued growth for the foreseeable future.
- The precarious security situation in the North Caucasus poses a major challenge for the Russian authorities, who are at risk of losing control of this vital region. The Kremlin has few good options, and will most likely maintain a combination of repression and federal subsidies, but tough security policies will create a backlash that could undermine its position further.
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Major Forecast Changes
- While we have long maintained a bearish view on the Russian rouble, its recent rapid depreciation has led us to revise further our already downbeat outlook. As such, we have recently adjusted our 2014-2015 outlook for the currency, and now we expect the exchange rate to average RUB35.20/US$ in 2014 from RUB33.16/US$ previously, and RUB35.55/US$ in 2015 from RUB34.10/US$ previously.
Key Risks To Outlook
Unless we see strong moves towards liberalisation of the economy, we remain sceptical that Russia can change its current consumption-centred commodity-dependent growth model into an investment-oriented one. The diminishing windfall from oil and commodity prices will put into sharper relief the structural impediments to investment, such as...
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