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Chief economist update: It'll hurt me more than it hurts you
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 24 MAY 2019
If very, very recent history is any guide, US President Donald Trump would soon be tempering his trade war tweets versus China. Trump did so early this year - prompting financial markets and economic and business agents to expect that a trade deal ...
Chief economist update: Like Britney Spears, Financial Standard's done it again
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 23 MAY 2019
"Chief economist update: Cash rate should be 1%"! This was my piece published on 7 March 2019, based on the 'Taylor Rule' and plugging in Australia's growth and inflation parameters at the time. It took two months and a few days before ...
Chief economist update: RBA to take rates to fresh record low
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 22 MAY 2019
Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) governor Philip Lowe provided the clearest indication yet that the Australian central bank is poised to cut interest rates, potentially at its June 4 meeting. The transcript of Lowe's speech - titled 'The ...
Chief economist update: Devilish details
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 21 MAY 2019
It's still a month away, but when the policy board of the Bank of Japan (BOJ) meets to assess the state of the economy and its monetary policy response on 19-20 June, it could claim the economy is progressing as printed at its meeting in April. ...
Chief economist update: Fairy tales can come true
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 20 MAY 2019
I believe in miracles Where you from You sexy thing, sexy thing you Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was delivered a miracle when the Liberal/National Coalition won the Australian Federal election - and look set to form a majority ...
Chief economist update: June RBA rate cut not a sure bet
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 17 MAY 2019
The odds that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will cut interest rates to a new record low of 1.25% from the current all-time bottom of 1.5% when its Board meets on the first Tuesday of June intensified after the Australian Bureau of ...
Chief economist update: Low unemployment, low wages growth conundrum
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 16 MAY 2019
"Annual wages in seasonally adjusted terms grew 2.3% for the third quarter in a row. The main contributors to growth over the quarter were regularly scheduled wage rises in the health care and social assistance and education and training ...
Chief economist update: Japan becomes collateral damage in US-China trade war
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 15 MAY 2019
In any war, there's bound to be those that are caught in the crossfire and others treated as collateral damage. The global stock market rout that developed as a result of the renewed "little squabble" (as Trump recently put it) between the US ...
Chief economist update: A tariff for a tariff
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 14 MAY 2019
"If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest." - Sun Tzu, The Art of War Trump must be fuming and scratching his golden hair. Not that China ...
Chief economist update: The (trade) war is back on
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 13 MAY 2019
"If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done." - Rita Mae Brown. This famous quote might be true in general, but it certainly didn't apply to the 11th hour, last minute trade negotiations between the United States and China on ...
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