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Chief economist update: Don't buy a Big Mac in America
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 12 JUL 2019
The Bloomberg US Dollar Spot index was trading at 96.7680 on the day Trump tweeted the below: "China and Europe playing big currency manipulation game and pumping money into their system in order to compete with USA. We should MATCH, or continue ...
Chief economist update: A case for optimism
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 11 JUL 2019
With a buoyant stock market, tax cuts, lower interest rates and a recovering housing market, one would think all Australians should have every reason to dance on the streets. Australians, all, should be dancing on the streets to Jimmy Cliff's ...
Chief economist update: Hard target
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 10 JUL 2019
With business conditions and confidence like it is, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA)'s full employment target just got a little harder to meet. Recall that in his speech at the RBA board dinner with the business community on June 4 - the ...
Chief economist update: Australia needs a cheaper A$
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 9 JUL 2019
If it were posted on Facebook, Wall Street would have "unliked" the strong US non-farm payrolls report for June - up a bigger-than-expected 224,000 from 72,000 in May. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate ticked up to 3.7% from 3.6% in May, remains ...
Chief economist update: BOE flips tightening bias to easing
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 8 JUL 2019
The strong US non-farm payrolls report - employment grew by 224,000 in June, beating expectations for a 160,000 gain and a sharp rebound from the 72,000 added in the previous month - failed to remove or even reduce the odds for a Fed rate cut this ...
Chief economist update: The turn in Australia's cycle from vicious to virtuous
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 5 JUL 2019
"Such a feelin's comin' over me There is wonder in most everything I see..." - Karen Carpenter Not long now - just less than a percentage away (0.8% to be exact) - and the All Ordinaries index would top the all-time high of 6,853.57 points ...
Chief economist update: Currency manipulators beware
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 4 JUL 2019
"China and Europe playing big currency manipulation game and pumping money into their system in order to compete with USA. We should MATCH, or continue being the dummies who sit back and politely watch as other countries continue to play their ...
Chief economist update: The back-to-back rate cuts Australia has to have
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 3 JUL 2019
I have a confession to make, I was a closet "no RBA rate cut in July" speculator, going against the 'Big Four' banks and financial market expectations that it would ... cut interest rates by another 25 bps at its July 2019 board meeting. So ...
Chief economist update: BOJ Tankan tanking?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 2 JUL 2019
The G20 meeting in Osaka, Japan has come and gone. Except for the photo-op, the leaders of the G18 could all have stayed at home and nobody would have noticed. The world's attention was all about the US-China trade deal or no deal tete-a-tete. ...
Chief economist update: Iron ore on the up and up
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 1 JUL 2019
The way it's going, the rally in iron ore prices will keep on going and going. Iron ore prices ended the first half of 2019 at US$109.18/metric tonne, representing a 57.8% rally from the US$69.20 it fetched six months earlier. The world's ...
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