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Chief economist update: The hazard of being a safe haven
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 21 AUG 2019
... mini-me trade war with South Korea, where both countries deleted each other from their preferred trading lists - the "Land of the Rising Sun" had been absent from the headlines. The last headline news out of Japan was when the Bank of Japan (BOJ) conducted ...
Chief economist update: Japan feels the heat
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 5 JUL 2018
... matter of great concern for Japan." Looking at the latest quarterly BOJ Tankan survey, it's already impacted on the land of the rising sun. The headline index for large manufacturers dropped to a reading of +21 in June from +24 in the previous month. ...
Chief economist update: No stealth tapering, no exit strategy...yet
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 24 JAN 2018
... this, the wealth effect from the soaring stock market. But Japan still needs a weaker yen if it's to get to the promise land of 2% inflation. To be sure, the Japanese central bank expects the core inflation rate (all items less fresh food) to rise from ...
Cloudy skies in the land of the rising sun
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 9 JUN 2017
With the prices of Australia's major commodity exports - coal and iron ore -- trending lower this year, let's all spend a minute silence and pray that yesterday's report of a massive slump in exports - down 8.0% in the month of April - was indeed an ...
Sun rising in Japan
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 12 JAN 2017
The sun appears to be rising in the Land of the Rising Sun. Japanese consumer confidence rose to a reading of 43.1 in December from 40.9 in the previous month supported by a rally in the stock market and the yen's depreciation versus the US dollar. ...
NZ Super seeks factor investing strategies
DARREN SNYDER  |  MONDAY, 27 JUN 2016
Global asset managers recently pitching factor-based investing in Australia should also target New Zealand as one of the country's institutional investors is keen to implement the strategy. In its latest investment environment report the New Zealand ...
Down, down prices are down
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 28 APR 2016
... any significant impact? Au contraire, it might have unintended consequences, sending a message that all is not good in land of Oz, prompting businesses to defer/withhold investing - in plant, equipment & machinery and staff - and consumers to defer spending ...
OneVentures says VC needs scale in Australia
DARREN SNYDER  |  FRIDAY, 11 MAR 2016
... opportunities. OneVentures partner and managing director Dr. Paul Kelly said the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) had been the land of the walking dead for many, many early stage companies. "If you tell that story well, there is enough appetite out ...
Five minutes of commodity sunshine?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 11 AUG 2015
... have risen overnight. Hurrah for Aussie miners! This where it gets tetchy for a commodity exporting country like this land of Oz. Time and again, commodity prices have bounded - in July 2012, in July 2013, in March 2014 and in May this year --...and ...
Stimulate or deflate
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 16 FEB 2015
... December's 1.5% rate. More, producer prices have fallen for the 35th straight month in January. Need we say more about that "land of falling prices" that is Japan. The hope is that all these stimuli would stimulate demand and stoke inflation some day ...
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