the year however if growth remains strong as we end the year, a likely spike in inflation could bring interest rate increases in Asia.
If the US does not resolve its political differences between the Republicans and Democrats then there is the prospect of government policy sending the US economy into a recession.
What is your outlook for the global crude oil prices?
Geopolitical risks bias oil prices higher. In the very term the inability of Mr Netanyahu to gain a strong mandate to form a government probably means that some of the risks of Israel attacking Iran have fallen back. However problems in Iraq, Syria and Kuwait still pose potential upside risk for the oil price. We expect the oil price (Brent crude) to trade in a $100-120 a barrel range with an upside risk to $150.
How has been the progress of policy action in containing the Eurozone debt crisis, can things still go wrong?
The Euro zone still poses a long term risk to the market. It is still very unlikely that many of the Eurozone governments will hit their deficit reduction targets. However the markets have been more forgiving recently so the Eurozone is still likely to muddle through. A general election in October in Germany poses a risk for the market particularly if the current Chancellor Angela Merkel was to be removed from office. In the very near term pending elections in Italy with Mr Berlusconi in the ascendency also poses a near term risk to markets.