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Chief economist update: Did the BOE just announce taper?

BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 7 MAY 2021
This month the Bank of England's (BOE) monetary policy committee decided to keep the existing stance of monetary policy unchanged; the Bank Rate remains at a record low 0.1% and QE at £895 billion. But buried in the "Monetary Policy Summary and ...

Chief economist update: Japan's elusive virtuous cycle

BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 6 MAY 2021
As expected, the Bank of Japan's (BOJ) monetary policy board decided to keep current settings unchanged at its April meeting. Ever the optimist, the BOJ summarised its view in its "Outlook for Economic Activity and Prices (April 2021)" report, saying ...

Chief economist update: A date with the RBA in July

BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 5 MAY 2021
The Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) May the fourth Board meeting would have been a ho-hum event had it not been for the month of July. As expected, the RBA left monetary policy settings unchanged - "including the targets of 10 basis points for ...

Chief economist update: The Fed and Australia

BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 4 MAY 2021
Just when we thought Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell has tapered sooner-than-later taper expectations, along comes Robert Steven Kaplan -- president and chief executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. While the US Federal Reserve was waxing ...

Chief economist update: COVID-19 causes double-dip

BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 3 MAY 2021
The Eurozone is back - back in recession, that is, dragged down into a double-dip by the coronavirus -- its resurgence (third time unlucky), its variants and the slow pace of vaccinations. Preliminary estimates released by Eurostat show the single-currency ...

Chief economist update: Not yet time to make a change

BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 30 APR 2021
"It's not time to make a change Just relax, take it easy..." - Cat Stevens This is the US Federal Reserve's message to the markets at the conclusion of its April FOMC meeting in its efforts to calm concerns over rising inflation expectations ...

Chief economist update: Low for longer

BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 29 APR 2021
Latest inflation figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) underscore both the Reserve Bank of Australia's prescience and governor Philip Lowe's expectation that the official cash rate will remain low until at least 2024. ...

Go, iron ore, go

BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 28 APR 2021
Just a wittle more, a wittle more... Yes Virginia, just another US$12.71 per tonne (6.6%) and the spot price of iron ore will be line ball with the all-time high of US$191.70 a tonne it set way back a decade earlier (February 2011). For sure, there ...

Chief economist update: Tomorrow never dies

BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 26 APR 2021
"Don't stop thinking about tomorrow Don't stop, it'll soon be here It'll be better than before Yesterday's gone, yesterday's gone..." -Fleetwood Mac Wall Street rebounded big time the day after markets were buffeted by headlines ...

Chief economist: Of capital gains taxes, COVID-19 and climate change

BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 23 APR 2021
It's bad news day on Wall Street overnight with all four its benchmark equity market indices flashing red. The S&P 500, the DJIA and the Nasdaq dropped by 0.9% each, while the Russell 2000 had a smaller decline of 0.3%. The financial literati were ...