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Economic recap: Week to July 30

BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 2 AUG 2021
The Delta variant outbreak continues to dominate headlines in Australia. Cases of infections in the states of Victoria and South Australia were brought under control and restrictions eased. However, the outbreak in Greater Sydney continued to worsened ...

Economic recap: Week to July 23

BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 26 JUL 2021
The Delta variant outbreak remained the focus of attention in Australia. The daily case of infections in Greater Sydney surged to 136 on Friday (July 23) - the highest number since the this year's outbreak - prompting the NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian ...

Economic recap: Week to July 16

BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 19 JUL 2021
The Delta variant that's doing the rounds in Greater Sydney crossed the Victorian border last week - prompting a five-day lockdown in the state at about the same time that NSW imposed tighter restrictions. Previous to this and conducted "through ...

Economic recap: Week to July 9

BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 12 JUL 2021
At its July 6 meeting, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) kept the cash rate unchanged at 0.1% and retained the April 2024 bond as "the bond for the yield target" - against speculation that it would roll this over to the November 2024 bond. At the ...

Economic recap: Week to July 2

BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 5 JUL 2021
Australian economic and survey releases over the past week continued to paint a picture of a strengthening recovery. However, the rosy results preceded the outbreak of the Delta variant that prompted lockdowns and/or tightened restrictions in major ...

Chief economist update: Local and foreign love affair with Australian property

BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 30 JUN 2021
The Foreign Investment Review Board's (FIRB) 2019-20 annual report shows that just like Australians, foreigners are also in love with our local property market. The FIRB approved a total of 7496 applications for the purchase of commercial and residential ...

Chief economist update: Delta variant infects Australian economy

BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 29 JUN 2021
"They gathered for the feast They stab it with their steely knives, But they just can't kill the beast." - The Eagles, 'Hotel California' Only a few days after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) kept monetary policy settings unchanged and ...

Chief economist update: Japan still waiting for the sun to rise

BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 28 JUN 2021
The upward revision to Japan's March quarter GDP growth - to an annualised rate of 3.9% (from the preliminary estimate of 5.1%) - provides cold comfort to an economy that remains stuck in a rut and continues to reel from the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Chief economist update: UK not there yet

BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 25 JUN 2021
Financial markets widely expected the Bank of England's (BOE) decision to keep current monetary policy settings unchanged at its June monetary policy committee meeting. "The MPC voted unanimously to maintain Bank Rate at 0.1%... and to maintain ...

Chief economist update: Thank you, my frenemy

BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 24 JUN 2021
China's still not taking calls from Canberra and has severed diplomatic contact under the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue and the rhetoric, threats and/or measures limiting/banning imports of Australian products into its shores remain ...