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Chief economist update: Australia's confidence contagion
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 14 APR 2021
Australia may not be "at the front of the queue for a safe and effective vaccine" (as Morrison declared back in November 2020) but it's certainly leading much of the world in containing the virus and strengthening economic recovery. This was the ...
Chief economist update: ScoMo cannot miss new vaccination target
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 13 APR 2021
Some move the goalposts when they can't hit the target, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison did one better and all but abandoned his government's vaccine roll-out target. Taking to Facebook, Morrison announced on April 10 that: "The government ...
Chief economist update: No fear
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 12 APR 2021
The coronavirus optimism that prevailed over the dying weeks of 2020 and into the first quarter of this year has been replaced by concerns over the resurgence in infections - in Europe, India, Japan, South Korea and lately, the US, among others - caused ...
Chief economist update: Europa rides the bull once again
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 9 APR 2021
Just like the myth of Europa, Eurozone equities are riding on the back of a bull. Eurozone equities soared to their highest levels in 13 years. The VStoxx index - the Eurozone's fear gauge dropped to 13-month lows. Lucky 13. The Euro Stoxx-50 index ...
Chief economist update: Fourth wave threatens Olympics, growth outlook
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 8 APR 2021
The way it's (not) going for Japan, recent upgrades to its 2021 economic growth made by the OECD and the International Monetary Fund might need to be toned down or even reversed to a downgrade at their next outing. The OECD's March 2021 "Interim ...
Chief economist update: RBA promises support over the next three years
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 7 APR 2021
"Come on, Barbie, let's go party" ... until 2024. In Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) parlance: "The board is committed to maintaining highly supportive monetary conditions until its goals are achieved. The board will not increase the cash rate until ...
Chief economist update: Positive feedback loop
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 6 APR 2021
"Business is picking up as mandated restrictions seem to be easing and spring is right around the corner." "Higher levels of demand related to additional business reopening, and increased activity related to vaccination distribution." "Vaccination rates ...
Chief economist update: Chinese manufacturing ramps up
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 1 APR 2021
Activity in China's manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors returned with a vengeance after a brief pause during the country's Lunar New Year holidays. National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) data show that China's manufacturing PMI rebounded ...
Chief economist update: Too much of a good thing could be a bad thing
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 31 MAR 2021
Healthier consumers are happier consumers are spending consumers. US consumer confidence has rebounded to its highest level since the onset of the pandemic in America in March last year. This is hardly surprising with cases of coronavirus infections ...
Chief economist update: BOJ has no plans to ease easing
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 30 MAR 2021
The Bank of Japan (BOJ) kept monetary policy settings at its March meeting - short-term key interest rate at minus 0.1% and the target for the 10-year Japanese government bond yield at around 0%. It also pledged that it "will continue with Quantitative ...
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