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Chief economist update: The second oil price discounting wave
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 9 SEP 2020
Don't look now but it appears that it's not just COVID-19 seeing a second wave. Saudi Arabia is also taking a second bite on oil price discounting. Bloomberg reports that, Saudi Arabia's state producer, Saudi Aramco, has cut its key Arab ...
Chief economist update: Australia succumbs to pandemic-induced recession
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 3 SEP 2020
It was good - so good - while it lasted. But as the saying goes, "nothing lasts forever". It had been more than a generation since Australia experienced "the recession we had to have" back in 1990/91. The Australian economy withstood the US savings ...
Emerging market debt rebounds
ELIZA BAVIN  |  WEDNESDAY, 12 AUG 2020
... to -3.0%. However, Eaton Vance said, for several countries, the outlook appears worse. India's GDP forecast is at -4.5%, Russia's -6.6%, Brazil's -9.1%, Mexico's 10.5% and South Africa's is -8.0%. "These countries, which typically grow at a decent rate ...
Chief economist update: Could COVID-19 dissenters be correct?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 4 AUG 2020
... want to live amongst the compliant, "there's plenty of countries that we'd be happy to ship him off to - China, Russia, Cuba, North Korea, just to name a few". No harm, no foul. China, Russia, Cuba, North Korea are heavens compared to one gentle ...
Financial institution charged over Epstein scandal
ELIZA BAVIN  |  THURSDAY, 9 JUL 2020
The US Department of Financial Services (DFS) has hit Deutsche Bank with a US$150 million penalty for the bank's relationship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. This marks the first enforcement action by a regulator against a financial institution ...
Chief economist update: Still the best and better than all the rest
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 25 JUN 2020
... the US - 2,463,166 total cases; 38,998 new cases; and 124,279 total deaths - or Brazil - 1,192,474; 38,998; 53,874 - or Russia - 606,881; 40,995; 8,514. Some would claim that this is because Australia has a smaller population compared to these countries. ...
COVID-19 poses unique human rights threats
ELIZABETH MCARTHUR  |  THURSDAY, 28 MAY 2020
COVID-19 is posing distinct threats to the digital human rights of people all over the world, with consequences for companies and investors. In a new paper Robeco head of sustainability integration Masja Zandbergen expressed the belief that if digital ...
Global dividends to fall 15%: Janus Henderson
ELIZA BAVIN  |  MONDAY, 18 MAY 2020
... equivalent to underlying growth of 4.3%. The US and Canada each saw all-time quarterly records, while Japan, Hong Kong, and Russia broke Q1 records. The index of global payouts rose to a record 196.3. To assess the impact of the pandemic on 2020 dividends ...
COVID-19 to lead to deglobalisation: Amundi
ALLY SELBY  |  TUESDAY, 21 APR 2020
Despite improving investor sentiment and inflows into emerging markets, the coronavirus pandemic will have a significant economic impact on several countries, as they struggle to manage the health emergency. That's according to Amundi Asset Mangement ...
The domino effect: Oil falls, markets follow
ALLY SELBY  |  TUESDAY, 21 APR 2020
... their businesses," Craig said. "Low oil prices will also put pressure on commodity-exporting emerging markets, such as Russia, the Middle East and Latin America. However, this benefits importers in Asia, especially India, whose current account deficit ...
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