BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 19 JUL 2018   10:53AM
Trump could either ramp up his war on trade or eventually succumb to economic dynamics.
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Chief economist update: The Goldilocks rate of interest
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 18 JUL 2018
The Fed funds' interest rate is at the Goldilocks level - not too hot and not too cold.
Chief economist update: Crude oil slips
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 17 JUL 2018
Despite the temporary factors that supported the climb in crude oil, prices remain in line with current supply and demand fundamentals.
Chief economist update: Weak wages a puzzle, could become a problem
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 13 JUL 2018
Nominal US wages growth of 2.7% in the year to June translates to negative 0.2% in real terms (from negative 0.1% in May) when measured against the headline CPI and 0.4% (from 0.5%) less than the core CPI measure.
Chief economist update: Australian dollar loss is economy's gain
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 12 JUL 2018
Recent history shows the effectiveness of the Australian dollar depreciation in shielding the domestic economy from worries galore.
Chief economist update: Fed funds at five point O
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 10 JUL 2018
The Fed funds rate was around 5%-5.25% the last time the US labour market was this good.
Chief economist update: Friday when the trade war began
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 9 JUL 2018
If the escalation of a trade war is so grim, why did equities rally on the day the war began?
Chief economist update: Minutes of concerns
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 6 JUL 2018
The FOMC minutes revealed "participants" discussed the flattening yield curve at the June meeting - some were concerned, others tried to explain it away.
Chief economist update: Japan feels the heat
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 5 JUL 2018
Japanese manufacturers' trepidation over the potential escalation of the trade war is clearly palpable in their export growth expectations.
Chief economist update: Steady at 24 and counting
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 4 JUL 2018
It has been 24 months now - the longest in recent history - that the official cash rate has remained stuck at 1.5%.
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