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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 ...

Chief economist update: Chinese activity indicators disappoint but growth target intact

BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 21 JUN 2021
Disappointing. This is the one word that describes the latest batch of activity indicators out of China. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released retail sales, industrial production and fixed asset investment that were still stronger than usual ...

Chief economist update: It's raining jobs

BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 18 JUN 2021
"It's raining men! Hallelujah! It's raining men!" -The Weather Girls Australian 'men' (and women) at work' that is. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS): "Employment increased by 115,000 people in May, following the 31,000 ...

Chief economist update: The (dot) plot thickens

BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 17 JUN 2021
The Fed has spoken and Wall Street didn't like what it heard and saw (in the dot plots). US equities painted the board red, with all benchmark indices closing on the down low, while yields on 10-year US Treasuries went on the up and up. This is ...

Chief economist update: How do you solve a problem like Australia's housing?

BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 16 JUN 2021
Tell us something we, Australians all, don't already know. Those who have (at least one) are salivating, wringing their hands and thanking their lucky stars. Those who don't are still pounding the pavement - winter, spring, summer and autumn ...

Chief economist update: Anchoring the recovery

BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 15 JUN 2021
"We have to take the economy through the pandemic and into a recovery phase, which has now started. We need to really anchor the recovery. We always talk about inflation anchoring and we are not oblivious to that. But the recovery needs to be firm ...

Chief economist update: US inflation may not be as transitory as the Fed believes

BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 11 JUN 2021
We really do see what we want to see and hear what we want to hear... and rationalise accordingly. How else does one explain the US equity market's opposing reaction to the two most important indicators the Fed watches in determining its next policy ...

Chief economist update: Deflated expectations lift deflation expectations

BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 10 JUN 2021
Inflation? What inflation? We need inflation. While many, if not most, of its central bank peers - led by the Fed -- are pushing back against inflation concerns, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) cannot seem to drive growth in the country's consumer prices ...

Chief economist update: The devil's in the headline US payrolls number details

BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 8 JUN 2021
The US dollar weakened, so too did the yield on 10-year US Treasuries while the equity market's benchmark indices closed on the up and up as inflation expectations in Uncle Sam's county eased, calming concerns that the US Federal Reserve would ...

Chief economist update: Home sweet home

BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 7 JUN 2021
"Boom boom boom boom!" - Vengaboys The Australian property market should adopt this as its official anthem. The property craze in this Land Down Under is best portrayed by an article in the Daily Telegraph telling the story about "a mouldy 1970s house ...