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Chief economist update: Lower rates still fail to animate
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 29 NOV 2019
Uh-oh...we might be getting in trouble now. Not only are Australian households not lifting their spending despite the drop in the official cash rate to a record low 0.75% but it's looking a lot like businesses aren't too. The Australian Bureau ...
Chief economist update: Weaker yen strengthening Japan
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 28 NOV 2019
Apart from underwriting improved growth in the Japanese economy, the yen's depreciation should help in the Bank of Japan's (BOJ) efforts to bring inflation up to its 2% target. Look ma, no hands! "Merkurisumasu, soshite, akemashite omedet?!" ...
Chief economist update: As low as Lowe will go
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 27 NOV 2019
The RBA's growth and inflation forecasts and the Taylor Rule calls for just one more rate cut next year. So there we have it ladies and gents, the answer to every Australian's question du jour, how low will domestic interest rates go? I posed ...
Chief economist update: Let's talk about debt
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 26 NOV 2019
Financial Standard had been calling for it, central banks have, and now it's the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In its latest bi-annual economic global economic report released this month, the OECD maintained its Australian ...
Chief economist update: US consumer power
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 25 NOV 2019
The US-China trade deal/no trade deal seesaw continues to drive the markets' daily ups and downs. But behind these day-to-day swings is the rise and rise on Wall Street - to new record highs. To be sure, the third quarter reporting season was nothing ...
Chief economist update: Cloudy 2020 vision for OECD
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 22 NOV 2019
Scratch that and lower it to 2.9%. In its 'Interim Economic Outlook' report published on September 19, the OECD lowered its world economic growth forecast from 3.6% in 2018 to 2.9% (down from 3.2% forecast in May 2019) this year and 3.0% (down ...
Chief economist update: Reversal of fortune
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 20 NOV 2019
Over the past few months, I've been singing sad songs about the Australian economy and the need for the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and the Morrison government to do more to reverse the slowing momentum in economic activity in this 'Lucky ...
Chief economist update: The PBOC stimulates
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 19 NOV 2019
Faced with slowing growth and above target inflation, what's a central bank to do? In the case of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), it's going for growth. In a surprise move, the Chinese central bank cut its seven-day reverse repo rate ...
The AUD is key
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 18 NOV 2019
I painted a picture of the latest domestic surveys and stats last week arguing that the RBA would need to cut interest rates some more to try and reverse the trend deterioration in the domestic economy. In it I briefly touched on the Australian dollar ...
Chief economist update: How low will Lowe go?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 15 NOV 2019
RBA rate cut expectations strengthened after the release of worse-than-expected Australian labour market report. Duh! If financial markets were waiting for the jobs report to raise the odds of another Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) rate reduction ...
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