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Chief economist update: The UK's new plan... after two plans
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 23 OCT 2020
Multiplying rates of coronavirus infections forced the UK government to impose strict lockdown measures, giving "bobbies" power to fine people leaving their homes for "non-essential" reasons on March 23. These restrictions were then gradually eased ...
Chief economist update: Good or bad news is good Wall Street news
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 22 OCT 2020
It may have gone up and down and round and round but the US equity market has trended higher and higher and is outperforming its peers. Despite topping the list of total cases of coronavirus infections (8.6 million), new cases (0.6 million) and deaths ...
Chief economist update: Japan's second wave
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 21 OCT 2020
It's been just over a month when Yoshihide Suga took over from Shinzo Abe - who resigned for health reasons -- as Japan's prime minister. It wasn't a great time for a handover given the significantly weakened state of the global and domestic ...
Chief economist update: Middle Kingdom on top
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 20 OCT 2020
China's cruel to be kind policy continues to pay dividends. Criticised and condemned they may be, but the swift and continued improvement in the economy prove that the Politburo's draconian restriction and lockdown measures implemented at the ...
Chief economist update: COVID-19 returns to Europe with a vengeance
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 19 OCT 2020
... re-opened. However, the service sector posted its biggest contraction (47.6) since May (30.5) as, according to Markit Economics, "face-to-face consumer businesses in particular have been hit by intensifying virus concerns". At its September meeting ...
Chief economist update: Lowe taking interest rates lower
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 16 OCT 2020
The numbers may be better than market expectations but they still don't diminish the fact that Australia's labour market remains weak. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that the country's unemployment rate increased to 6.9% in ...
Chief economist update: Money buys happiness
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 15 OCT 2020
Happy consumer makes the economy grow stronger. The result of the latest Westpac-Melbourne Institute consumer sentiment survey disproves the aged-old adage that "money doesn't buy happiness". Australian consumer sentiment surged by 11.9% to a reading ...
State Super appoints academic oversight body
ELIZA BAVIN  |  TUESDAY, 13 OCT 2020
... increases." Kollo has been appointed as inaugural chair of the AOB. He gained his PhD in Finance from the London School of Economics and has extensive industry experience in the application of quantitative statistical methods at Blackrock, Fidelity ...
Rest appoints three investment specialists
ELIZA BAVIN  |  TUESDAY, 13 OCT 2020
... experience spans both systematic and discretionary strategies across all major asset classes and markets. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University. Kapur's appointment to the Rest board investment committee was also effective ...
Chief economist update: Get shorty
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 13 OCT 2020
The People's Bank of China (PBOC) cut the foreign exchange risk reserve ratio for forward contracts to 0% from 20% over the weekend, effectively giving its blessing to currency traders to "get shorty". The PBOC imposed the 20% risk reserve ratio ...
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