BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 24 MAY 2019   10:52AM
While the TWI (Tariff War One) had Trump holding all the aces, this now is reversing in Beijing's favour.
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Chief economist update: Like Britney Spears, Financial Standard's done it again
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 23 MAY 2019
The A$ depreciation, the elimination of political and policy uncertainty (at least over the next three years) and the (expected) resurrection in the property market should be enough to restore confidence and growth in the Australian economy.
Property risks dip at Coalition win, APRA easing
KANIKA SOOD  |  WEDNESDAY, 22 MAY 2019
UBS has materially reduced downside risk for housing as last Saturday's elections lay to rest Labor's negative gearing plans and separately, APRA is easing its stance on mortgage lending.
Chief economist update: RBA to take rates to fresh record low
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 22 MAY 2019
Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) governor Philip Lowe provided the clearest indication yet that the Australian central bank is poised to cut interest rates, potentially at its June 4 meeting.
Chief economist update: Devilish details
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 21 MAY 2019
The topline GDP growth figures for Japan give it bragging rights. But, as always, the devil is in the details and the details are devilish.
Chief economist update: Fairy tales can come true
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 20 MAY 2019
The elimination of domestic political uncertainty surrounding the elections (with a government majority at that), the recent depreciation in the Australian dollar and, working in the background, the rise and rise in iron ore prices makes this time's promise ...
Chief economist update: June RBA rate cut not a sure bet
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 17 MAY 2019
The odds that the Reserve Bank of Australia will cut interest rates to a new record low have intensified following the latest ABS employment stats.
Chief economist update: Low unemployment, low wages growth conundrum
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 16 MAY 2019
I wonder whether a Reserve Bank interest rate cut - or cuts - would get the wages party going.
Chief economist update: Japan becomes collateral damage in US-China trade war
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 15 MAY 2019
Trump hasn't completely set his crosshairs on Tokyo, but not only is Japan caught in the crossfire of the recent Sino-Yankee trade tensions, it's become collateral damage via the appreciation of the Japanese yen.
Chief economist update: A tariff for a tariff
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 14 MAY 2019
The financial markets reacted aggressively in mass selloffs overnight as the tit-for-tat tariff war plays out.
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