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Chief economist update: Moving target
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 8 JAN 2020
... inflation - is responding. The US unemployment rate is at a 50-year low of 3.5% (November 2019) but inflation as measured by the Fed's preferred inflation gauge - the PCE price index - remains off-target, registering just 1.5% growth in the year ...
Chief economist update: Stock rally heralds 2020 cheer
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 19 DEC 2019
... date, more than making up for 2018's 12.2% decline. The going got so tough, that the tough central banks got going. The Fed reversed its direction from normalising monetary policy to cutting the fed funds rate this year while maintaining interest ...
Chief economist update: War is over
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 17 DEC 2019
... China has been reached provides a snippet of what joy to the world a trade peace could bring. We're all aware about the Fed's optimism over the US economy, backed up by Wall Street's recent rally to new all-time highs. The de-escalation of ...
Chief economist update: Three cheers for Christmas
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 16 DEC 2019
... chair Powell: "Our economic outlook remains a favourable one despite global developments and ongoing risks." Nor would the Fed raise the fed funds rate (at least for all of 2020). The latest dot plot of FOMC participants' assessment of appropriate ...
Chief economist update: Has the Fed conquered the yield curve?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 12 DEC 2019
Mission accomplished! This appears to be the Fed's latest missive at the conclusion of its 10-11 December FOMC meeting - after three 25 bps cuts - in July, September and October - that took the fed funds rate from 2.5% to 1.75%. Fed chair Jerome ...
Chief economist update: Eurozone negative rates a failure?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 10 DEC 2019
... on 31 December 2018. Trump's tariff war- that weakened global trading activity - that started in March 2018, and the Fed's pivot in early 2019 - strengthened the euro which, in turn, negated the ECB's stimulus measures. Would a return to ...
Chief economist update: The Grinch steals Christmas
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 4 DEC 2019
... second-guessing his next move, er, tweet. Perhaps it could be Trump's way of proving his genius on his latest call on the Fed to "Lower Rates & Loosen". The escalation of trade tensions is already sending Wall Street on a tailspin, and just like ...
Chief economist update: Bah humbug
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 3 DEC 2019
... their currencies. This makes it very hard for our manufactures & farmers to fairly export their goods. Lower Rates & Loosen - Fed!" His follow-up tweet further clarified what irked @realDonaldTrump: "Manufacturers are being held back by the strong Dollar ...
Chief economist update: Weaker yen strengthening Japan
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 28 NOV 2019
... has done nothing and it kept policy unchanged at it's October meeting only hours after the US Federal Reserve cut the Fed Funds Rate for a third time in October, following its July and September rate cuts. The same could be said of the Euro. The ...
Chief economist update: As low as Lowe will go
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 27 NOV 2019
... many times before, economics is not an exact science because it is dynamic and doesn't operate in a vacuum. With the Fed on pause - and current expectations are it will remain on hold through to the end of 2020 - there is a strong likelihood that ...
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