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Chief economist update: Credit ratings downgrades versus fiscal salvation
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 9 APR 2020
The Bank of Japan (BOJ) acted quickly in response to the coronavirus outbreak. In an emergency meeting on March 16, the Japanese central bank announced it would buy ETFs at an annual pace of ¥12 trillion, double its J-REIT purchases to ¥180 ...
Chief economist update: COVID-infected Aussie stats trickle in
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 8 APR 2020
Ho-hum. Financial markets widely expected the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) decision to keep monetary policy settings unchanged at its April meeting especially so soon after announcing a comprehensive accommodation package the month before ...
CBA appoints chief economist
ALLY SELBY  |  TUESDAY, 7 APR 2020
... role, Halmarick will be responsible for a team of economists and strategists covering Australian and international economics, rates, fixed income, foreign exchange, credit and commodities. On LinkedIn, Halmarick thanked his mentors for supporting him ...
A coronavirus-bitten cat bounce?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 7 APR 2020
Citizens of the world all, let us rejoice! Statistical evidences that the rate of deaths and infections from the coronavirus had been slowing have heartened equity market investors everywhere - from New York to Rio and ol' London town - underscored ...
Super funds probed on liquidity, rental assistance measures
KANIKA SOOD  |  MONDAY, 6 APR 2020
Standing Committee on Economics chair Tim Wilson has written to superannuation funds seeking numbers on liquidity, unlisted assets and stimulus measures by April 29. In a letter sent to superannuation funds last Wednesday, Wilson has asked funds to ...
Chief economist update: Different contagion, same fiscal policy divide
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 6 APR 2020
G'day inmates! Yes, Virginia, we're practically all inmates now thanks to the coronavirus pandemic that has forced almost every other government to place their citizens under house arrest. Some flaunt these government restriction, others demand ...
Melbourne fund tightens redemptions amid COVID-19
KANIKA SOOD  |  FRIDAY, 3 APR 2020
... continue to be accepted daily. "No doubt investors are aware of the COVID-19 crisis and the effect it is having on economics and financial markets globally," Newgate said in a letter to investors. "The fund has experienced volatility as many other funds ...
Pandemic response concerns overblown
HARRISON WORLEY  |  FRIDAY, 3 APR 2020
Deloitte Access Economics is urging Australians to leave their concerns about the budgetary impact of Australia's response to COVID-19 at the door. New analysis by Deloitte Access Economics partner Chris Richardson shows Australians needn't be concerned ...
Chief economist update: Oil gush
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 3 APR 2020
If financial markets are going to time the beginning of the end - that is, when equity markets started their slippery slide into where we are now, it'll be 9 March 2020. That was the day the music died. Sure, equity markets were already sliding ...
Is it time to lean on the Future Fund?
KANIKA SOOD  |  THURSDAY, 2 APR 2020
... issue as many bonds, you still have those future liabilities. The government is better off borrowing." Deloitte Access Economics partner Nicki Hutley says the government's increased debt levels need to be put in perspective, and as a proportion of ...
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