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Chief economist update: This is a job for the RBA (and the Treasury)
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 20 SEP 2019
Sub-one percent official cash rate here 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' ...
Chief economist update: Future path of fed funds rate
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 19 SEP 2019
Two down, none to go! There was division at the Fed - one official wanted a 50 bps rate cut; two wanted the target rate maintained - but after all was said and done, they were outvoted by the majority of seven (led by Fed chair Powell) which didn't ...
Chief economist update: Plenty of oil
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 18 SEP 2019
Oil prices soared after a drone attack on September 14 on Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq oil-processing plant (estimated to produce around 5% of global oil supply). WTI and Brent crude oil prices jumped by 14.6%, to US$62.88 per barrel and US$69.03/barrel ...
Chief economist update: Fed future move depends on dollar direction
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 16 SEP 2019
Freeze frame. Financial markets the world over would be in a sort of suspended animation as they await the conclusion of the US Federal Reserve's September FOMC meeting. This time, there's no "will they, won't they" question to be answered ...
Chief economist update: Whatever it takes, however long it takes
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 13 SEP 2019
Financial Standard already said its piece several days before the European Central Bank's (ECB) September 12 meeting, concluding that: "Super Mario would want to go out with a bang (his last month in office) and do "whatever it takes" to mitigate ...
Chief economist update: 'Paradox of Thrift' in action
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 12 SEP 2019
Like the fable of the "boiling frog" - put a frog into boiling water, the frog will jump out, put it in cold/tepid water and bring the water slowly to a boil and it will be cooked to death - the Australian economy is slowly being boiled ... to death. ...
Chief economist update: Germany in the budget's shadow
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 10 SEP 2019
The Global Financial Crisis of 2008 gave birth to "non-conventional monetary policy" - where many developed country central banks lowered interest rates to zero/negative and/or engaged in quantitative easing. While these prevented the "Great Recession" ...
Chief economist update: Fed has Trump's trade war number
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 9 SEP 2019
It's not me, it's you! Yes Virginia, you, I and Irene are very well aware of US president Donald J. Trump's Twitter attacks on the Fed. The last, most significant one was right after US Federal chair Jerome Powell's speech at Jackson ...
Chief economist update: Foolish takeaway on US-China talks
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 6 SEP 2019
"There's an old saying in Tennessee - I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, fool me once, shame on -- shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again." - former US President George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., 17 September ...
Chief economist update: Economy slows to decade low but still tops the pops
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 5 SEP 2019
There were no back-patting and self-congratulatory remarks this time from Australia's Prime Minister and Treasurer for the Australian National Accounts show that it wasn't a "wonderful set of numbers". Instead, with economic growth slowing to ...
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