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Looking ahead 2018

New faces at Asia central banks

Change of the guard increases policy uncertainties

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U.S. Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen, left, and People's Bank of China Gov. Zhou Xiaochuan in Washington in April 2016   © Reuters

Asia investors typically scrutinize data, charts and market moves to divine central bank policy direction. This year, add the human factor.

At least six Asian countries will replace or reappoint central bank chiefs in the months ahead: China, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Taiwan. The prospects for new faces and ideas inject additional drama into a uniquely uncertain monetary environment.

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