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Chief economist update: Moving target
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 8 JAN 2020
... many years of policy accommodation it still couldn't hit its target? Move the goalpost, of course. The US Federal Reserve has cut interest rates three times (by 75 basis points) last year from 2.5% to 1.75%. The stats show that half of its dual mandate ...
Chief economist update: Three cheers for Christmas
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 16 DEC 2019
... tidings ... and they came in threes. First stop, at the conclusion of its December 10-11 FOMC meeting, the US Federal Reserve indicated that it would not cut interest rates further - currently at 1.5%-1.75% -- because, according to chair Powell: "Our ...
Chief economist update: Weaker yen strengthening Japan
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 28 NOV 2019
... months, the BOJ 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 ...
Chief economist update: The yen to dictate if BOJ turns words into action
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 7 NOV 2019
... momentum toward achieving the price stability target will be lost." The BOJ's decision came hours after the US Federal Reserve cut the fed funds rate for a third time in October, following its July and September rate cuts. But instead of depreciating ...
Chief economist update: Fed pause could be a short one
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 1 NOV 2019
... by escalating trade protectionism and greater threats (and outright imposition) of more to follow. Uh-oh. US Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell wouldn't be too happy with this new development. In his press conference - after the FOMC cut the fed ...
Is the A$ becoming a safe-haven currency?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 28 OCT 2019
... RBA's interest rate offensive isn't producing the same effect on the Australian dollar. More pointedly, the US Federal Reserve's rate cutting of its own is negating the RBA's efforts to push the Australian dollar down. The A$/exchange rate has appreciated ...
Chief economist update: Brexit uncertainty is not all that bad
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 15 OCT 2019
... forward guiding monetary policy towards higher interest rates (albeit "gradual and limited") at a time when the US Federal Reserve has already cut rates twice (and is expected to do cut some more); the European Central Bank (ECB) has taken its deposit ...
Chief economist update: When QE is not QE
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 14 OCT 2019
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, is it a duck? It is not, according to the US Federal Reserve. On October 11, the Fed issued a press release explaining its plan to buy Treasury bills at "an initial pace of approximately $60 billion per ...
Chief economist update: The BOJ needs to run faster to stay in the running
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 23 SEP 2019
... it is necessary for maintaining that target in a stable manner". This, in spite of recent developments: The US Federal Reserve has just cut interest rates a second time just at its 17-18 September FOMC meeting just hours before and the European Central ...
Chief economist update: This is a job for the RBA (and the Treasury)
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 20 SEP 2019
... we come! The Australian dollar's near half a cent drop to US$67.84 on the day immediately following the US Federal Reserve's announced a 25 bp cut in the fed funds rate underscores financial markets' conviction that the Reserve Bank of Australia ...
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