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Chief economist update: Japan's five minutes of sunshine
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 9 DEC 2020
However it's measured, economic growth has rebounded in the Land of the Rising Sun from the depths of the huge contraction recorded in the June 2020 quarter. Japanese GDP surged at an annualised rate of 22.9% in the September quarter (from a 29.2% ...
Isolated advisers enter the digital age
ALLY SELBY  |  THURSDAY, 9 APR 2020
In an industry known for its reliance on pen and paper, financial advisers have been quick to pivot their business models in the face of COVID-19 and embrace technology. For tech-savvy advisers the COVID-19 spurred shutdown will likely see no material ...
Chief economist update: The hazard of being a safe haven
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 21 AUG 2019
... mini-me trade war with South Korea, where both countries deleted each other from their preferred trading lists - the "Land of the Rising Sun" had been absent from the headlines. The last headline news out of Japan was when the Bank of Japan (BOJ) conducted ...
Chief economist update: Japan feels the heat
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 5 JUL 2018
... matter of great concern for Japan." Looking at the latest quarterly BOJ Tankan survey, it's already impacted on the land of the rising sun. The headline index for large manufacturers dropped to a reading of +21 in June from +24 in the previous month. ...
Chief economist update: No stealth tapering, no exit strategy...yet
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 24 JAN 2018
... this, the wealth effect from the soaring stock market. But Japan still needs a weaker yen if it's to get to the promise land of 2% inflation. To be sure, the Japanese central bank expects the core inflation rate (all items less fresh food) to rise from ...
Cloudy skies in the land of the rising sun
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 9 JUN 2017
With the prices of Australia's major commodity exports - coal and iron ore -- trending lower this year, let's all spend a minute silence and pray that yesterday's report of a massive slump in exports - down 8.0% in the month of April - was indeed an ...
Sun rising in Japan
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 12 JAN 2017
The sun appears to be rising in the Land of the Rising Sun. Japanese consumer confidence rose to a reading of 43.1 in December from 40.9 in the previous month supported by a rally in the stock market and the yen's depreciation versus the US dollar. ...
NZ Super seeks factor investing strategies
DARREN SNYDER  |  MONDAY, 27 JUN 2016
Global asset managers recently pitching factor-based investing in Australia should also target New Zealand as one of the country's institutional investors is keen to implement the strategy. In its latest investment environment report the New Zealand ...
Down, down prices are down
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 28 APR 2016
... any significant impact? Au contraire, it might have unintended consequences, sending a message that all is not good in land of Oz, prompting businesses to defer/withhold investing - in plant, equipment & machinery and staff - and consumers to defer spending ...
OneVentures says VC needs scale in Australia
DARREN SNYDER  |  FRIDAY, 11 MAR 2016
... opportunities. OneVentures partner and managing director Dr. Paul Kelly said the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) had been the land of the walking dead for many, many early stage companies. "If you tell that story well, there is enough appetite out ...
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