China Trade Blow, Fed's Clarida, Asia's 2019 Surprise: Eco Day

(Bloomberg) -- Welcome to Tuesday, Asia. Here’s the latest news and analysis from Bloomberg Economics to help get your day started:

  • China’s worse-than-expected December trade figures set a grim domestic backdrop for negotiators as they seek a deal to end the stand-off with the Trump administration
  • Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida left open the possibility the U.S. central bank will raise interest rates in 2019 fewer than the two times projected by policy makers
  • This week will see a trio of key Japanese policy makers speaking in Tokyo. With the yen off to a rocky start this year, here’s our guide to reading their language on exchange-rate movements
  • Momentum is easing across the world’s major economies, according to a gauge that the OECD uses to predict turning points
  • Why this economy could be Asia’s surprise turnaround story in 2019
  • On paper, it still looks like a dynamite macroeconomic environment in the U.S. But outside the numbers, some cracks are starting to emerge, said former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen
  • Weak data from China are diminishing the likelihood that Germany posted a rebound at the end of 2018

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