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Chief economist update: Good or bad news is good Wall Street news
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 22 OCT 2020
It may have gone up and down and round and round but the US equity market has trended higher and higher and is outperforming its peers. Despite topping the list of total cases of coronavirus infections (8.6 million), new cases (0.6 million) and deaths ...
Chief economist update: Japan's second wave
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 21 OCT 2020
It's been just over a month when Yoshihide Suga took over from Shinzo Abe - who resigned for health reasons -- as Japan's prime minister. It wasn't a great time for a handover given the significantly weakened state of the global and domestic ...
Chief economist update: Middle Kingdom on top
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 20 OCT 2020
China's cruel to be kind policy continues to pay dividends. Criticised and condemned they may be, but the swift and continued improvement in the economy prove that the Politburo's draconian restriction and lockdown measures implemented at the ...
Chief economist update: COVID-19 returns to Europe with a vengeance
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 19 OCT 2020
It won't be long now till we again hear "balcony concertos" - the ones started in Italy back in March this year (and gone viral on cyberspace) when the government imposed a hard lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic - for infections in Europe ...
Chief economist update: Lowe taking interest rates lower
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 16 OCT 2020
The numbers may be better than market expectations but they still don't diminish the fact that Australia's labour market remains weak. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that the country's unemployment rate increased to 6.9% in ...
Chief economist update: Money buys happiness
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 15 OCT 2020
Happy consumer makes the economy grow stronger. The result of the latest Westpac-Melbourne Institute consumer sentiment survey disproves the aged-old adage that "money doesn't buy happiness". Australian consumer sentiment surged by 11.9% to a reading ...
Chief economist update: Get shorty
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 13 OCT 2020
The People's Bank of China (PBOC) cut the foreign exchange risk reserve ratio for forward contracts to 0% from 20% over the weekend, effectively giving its blessing to currency traders to "get shorty". The PBOC imposed the 20% risk reserve ratio ...
Chief economist update: Budget me this Batman
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 12 OCT 2020
"If not for you Babe, I couldn't even find the door I couldn't even see the floor I'd be sad and blue If not for you" - Olivia Newton-John Yes Olivia, it's the Budget. There might be precious few worrying about the implications of the ...
Chief economist update: Splish splash, budget cash
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 7 OCT 2020
"Money, money, money Always sunny..." -ABBA Money, in A$ terms, amounts to "$98 billion in response and recovery support, including $25 billion under the COVID-19 Response Package and $74 billion under the JobMaker Plan" the Federal Treasury is unleashing ...
Chief economist update: Winter of Europe's discontent
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 6 OCT 2020
"The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day." - Dr. Seuss They've had their fun in the sun but now, like it or not (certainly not), Europe could well have to sit it out and hibernate for the ...
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