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Chief economist update: ScoMo cannot miss new vaccination target

BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 13 APR 2021
While Australia may not be "at the front of the queue for a safe and effective vaccine", it's certainly leading much of the world in strengthening its economy.

Chief economist update: No fear

BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 12 APR 2021
Despite the resurgence of infections and variants of the virus, most companies around the world have adapted operations to the "new normal". With governments and central banks providing succor, what could go wrong?

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.

Chief economist update: Fourth wave threatens Olympics, growth outlook

BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 8 APR 2021
If its current predicament is anything to go by, recent upgrades of its 2021 expected growth from the OECD and IMF might need to be toned down, or worse.

Chief economist update: RBA promises support over the next three years

BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 7 APR 2021
If the International Monetary Fund's latest projections are correct, Australia's CPI inflation won't reach the mid-point of the Reserve Bank's 2-3% target until 2026 when it's forecast to increase by 2.4%.

Chief economist update: Positive feedback loop

BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 6 APR 2021
Latest activity indicators further enhance the US economy's already improving outlook.

Chief economist update: Too much of a good thing could be a bad thing

BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 31 MAR 2021
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 dropping, vaccine distribution running on full steam, a strengthening ...

Chief economist update: BOJ has no plans to ease easing

BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 30 MAR 2021
The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy settings as is at its latest meeting, and it seems it has no plans of letting up anytime soon.

Chief economist update: Australia's virtuous cycle keeps on turning

BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 29 MAR 2021
There's a good chance Australia's GDP growth could be revised higher again which, if true, would boost consumer and business confidence and income taxes while reducing welfare payments.

Chief economist update: Strike while iron ore cools

BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 26 MAR 2021
This is likely to be a pause rather than the beginning of the end of the rise and rise in iron ore prices.