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The negatives in the positive jobs report
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 18 AUG 2017
All of the jobs created in July were part-time (up 48,200 from June) and worse, 20,300 full time jobs were lost over the month. That doesn't spell accelerating wages growth.
Wage freeze
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 17 AUG 2017
Slow Australian growth in nominal wages is being outpaced by increases in consumer prices. For the June quarter growth in real wages is zero.
Fed gets green light
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 16 AUG 2017
US data releases dumped on our screens overnight, combined with easing US/North Korean tensions, provide another green light for the Fed to proceed with policy normalisation.
ECB disengages from currency war
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 15 AUG 2017
The ECB and its president Mario Draghi have so far been conspicuous in not voicing out their trepidation over the euro's sharp appreciation. Unlike in previous episodes of rising euro exchange rate, there's nary a word uttered to jawbone the ...
Low-flation becoming less transitory?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 14 AUG 2017
Economic activity is evolving broadly as the Fed expected, but inflation is not.
Trump and Kim go ballistic
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 11 AUG 2017
We have seen this game of one-upmanship before. Only four months ago there were similar reactions from the financial markets.
Wages separate businesses from consumers
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 10 AUG 2017
The question going forward is whether strong business conditions and confidence encourage Australian bosses to hand down larger pay cheques.
Inflation: Cost-pushed and demand-pulled
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 9 AUG 2017
There might be strengthening growth momentum in the Australian economy, but inflation indicators are heading the other way.
No follow through
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 8 AUG 2017
The weaker pound has undoubtedly pushed up inflation but it is also shoring up domestic activity.
Australian dollar poses problem for RBA
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 7 AUG 2017
The RBA's problem is it cannot even promise to lower interest rates to bring down the Australian dollar without re-energising the property market and lifting Australian household's ballooning household debt.
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