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Chief economist update: The (dot) plot thickens

BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 17 JUN 2021
The Fed has spoken and Wall Street didn't like what it heard and saw (in the dot plots). US equities painted the board red, with all benchmark indices closing on the down low, while yields on 10-year US Treasuries went on the up and up. This is ...

Chief economist update: Inflation scare

BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 13 MAY 2021
... costs due to continuing bottlenecks in the supply chain. But the Fed has already told us this would happen. Chair Jerome Powell has stressed time and again that, although measured inflation would increase in the coming months, it is likely to be "transitory" ...

Chief economist update: Bad news is good news is back

BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 10 MAY 2021
Wall Street benchmark equity indices closed on the up and up on May 7 - the Dow and the S&P 500 index even rallied new record highs -- the same day the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revealed disappointing labour market stats. The US economy added ...

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: Powell said, Yellen said

BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 24 MAR 2021
... law - singing a rendition of Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World. In his testimony, Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell declared that: "Today the situation is much improved. While the economic fallout has been real and widespread, the worst ...

Chief economist update: The do-nothing Fed

BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 18 MAR 2021
Ho-hum. So much for speculations over the Fed's thoughts and actions, Powell and Co. did what financial markets expected - nothing - at their 16-17 March FOMC meeting. "The Committee decided to keep the target range for the federal funds rate at ...

Chief economist update: Fed fights back bond bears

BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 1 MAR 2021
... think you're strong enough now..." In his semi-annual testimony before the US Congress last week, Fed chair Jerome Powell stressed that it would take some time before the central bank could make "substantial further progress" towards employment and ...

Chief economist update: Patience is the word

BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 18 FEB 2021
... 2% over time and longer-term inflation expectations remain well anchored at 2%. In the words of US Fed Chairman Jerome Powell: "We're going to be patient...We'll seek inflation moderately above 2% for some time...The way to achieve credibility ...

Chief economist update: Disappointing jobs results raise Biden's stimulus bid

BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 8 FEB 2021
... to 4% or below by year end." And then there's the Fed. In his post-26-27 FOMC meeting press conference, chair Jerome Powell tried to calm markets and prevent a repeat of the taper tantrum that sent bond yields up and equity markets down in 2013. ...

Chief economist update: Taper talks are premature

BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 29 JAN 2021
... record high of 14.8% recorded in April but remains well-below the pre-pandemic level of 3.5%. More telling, Fed chair Jerome Powell thinks that the real rate of unemployment is closer to 10%, also saying: "The ongoing public health crisis continues to ...
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