BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 21 FEB 2020   10:34AM
I don't see what good another one, two or three RBA rate cuts would achieve. In fact, all they'd do is put us at risk of further problems.
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Chief economist update: Working nine to five, barely getting by
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 20 FEB 2020
Total wages in Australia grew by 2.2% in the year to the December 2019 quarter; unchanged from the previous quarter and the slowest growth rate in close to two years.
Chief economist update: Japan fails to learn from history (yet again)
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 18 FEB 2020
Japan's economy contracted by 1.6% at the end of 2019, while real GDP plunged at an annualised rate of 6.3%. Economists are expecting a rebound in the March quarter but will it be enough?
Chief economist update: The virus, the trade deal and the AUD
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 17 FEB 2020
COVID-19 has captured the world's attention. So much so, that the good tidings promised and hoped for in the second half of 2019 have received scant attention when delivered.
Coronavirus to infect Q2: Capital Group
ALLY SELBY  |  FRIDAY, 14 FEB 2020
The economic impact of the coronavirus has been grossly underestimated, with jolts likely to be felt well into the second quarter.
Chief economist update: COVID-19 could hit Australia with triple whammy
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 14 FEB 2020
The anticipated weakening in the Chinese economy, plus the recent Morrison government's ban on Chinese nationals and on people who have travelled to China, would negatively impact Australia's external trade account.
Chief economist update: Australians not confident enough
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 13 FEB 2020
Latest surveys show an improvement in Australian consumer and business confidence despite concerns over the impact of bushfires, floods and the coronavirus. However, greater analysis reveals a different story.
Chief economist update: It's the US consumer, stupid me
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 12 FEB 2020
Uh-oh, I may have to put the letters "W" and "R" in front of my last name (Ong) cause that's what my last prognosis for the US economy and the Fed's response is turning out to be.
Chief economist update: UK is now Bailey's baby
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 11 FEB 2020
The BOE kept monetary policy unchanged, as widely expected, right on the eve of Brexit and as Mark Carney wraps up as the head honcho.
Surplus may not be as advertised: Grattan
ELIZABETH MCARTHUR  |  MONDAY, 10 FEB 2020
Speaking at the Financial Standard Chief Economist Forum, Grattan Institute budget policy and institutional reform program director Danielle Wood explained the much touted federal government surplus may not be all it was cracked up to be.
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