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BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 11 AUG 2020   10:51AM
Big congratulations to our next door neighbours, you've done well - no second wave. And, even as New Zealand's wage subsidy nears its end and unemployment threatens to rise, the nation should still emerge wealthier than its peers.
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Chief economist update: Good US employment news is not so good
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 10 AUG 2020
There's good news and bad news in the US labour market report for July.
Chief economist update: Escape from Victoria
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 7 AUG 2020
The JobKeeper programme's blowout to $102.2 billion is still less than what the Federal Treasury originally allotted to its war on the pandemic, but certainly raises the budget deficit.
Chief economist update: The V in recovery
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 6 AUG 2020
Were it not for the second wave now doing the rounds in a number of cities around the world, the letter "V" would now be standing for "victory" against the war on COVID-19.
Chief economist update: The RBA's lullaby
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 5 AUG 2020
The Reserve Bank of Australia delivered what every rational individual expected it to, making clear the situation in Victoria isn't dire enough for it to act.
Government introduces pandemic payment
ANNABELLE DICKSON  |  TUESDAY, 4 AUG 2020
Workers in Victoria who are required to isolate for two weeks and do not have sick leave entitlements will soon have access to paid pandemic leave.
Chief economist update: Could COVID-19 dissenters be correct?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 4 AUG 2020
Sweden's response to COVID-19 is a conspiracy theorist's dream, keeping retail and restaurants open along with many schools. But, at home, the more anti-whatever protesters dig their heels in, the longer Australia gets to heal ... with far worse consequences.
Chief economist update: It's about human life, not human rights
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 3 AUG 2020
Recent developments in Victoria would result in lower national economic growth, higher unemployment and a bigger budget deficit.
Chief economist update: A tiny bug takes down the largest economy
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 31 JUL 2020
No matter how you slice or dice it, the latest US National Accounts are the worst we've seen and will likely ever see in our lifetime.
Banking crisis more likely in conflicted countries: IMF
ELIZA BAVIN  |  THURSDAY, 30 JUL 2020
The odds of a country suffering a banking crisis are 2.5 times higher if it is affected by a conflict, according to research from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
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