Economics
Chief economist update: Oil slick
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 7 NOV 2018
Put two and two together - reduced demand and steady supply - and it's easier to explain why oil prices are now back to early 2018 levels.
Banks must reshape to survive compliance and technology crunches
DARREN SNYDER  |  TUESDAY, 6 NOV 2018
KPMG and EY highlight Australia's big four banks must balance ongoing compliance costs with continued spending in technology or face being left behind when it comes to innovation.
Chief economist update: The Middle Kingdom's middling growth
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 6 NOV 2018
While Chinese GDP growth slowed from 6.7% in the second quarter to 6.5% in the third quarter - right on central command's target - Caixin's latest Purchasing Managers' survey indicates the economy could be heading for stagnation.
Royal Commission hits Westpac cash earnings
JAMIE WILLIAMSON  |  MONDAY, 5 NOV 2018
Westpac reported a flat net profit of $8 billion with increased remediation provisions and legal costs weighing on the group's cash earnings.
Chief economist update: Americans who want work will find it
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 5 NOV 2018
Whether by luck or design, the booming US economy would have been US president Donald Trump's major legacy to the world - with America supercharging growth globally.
Chief economist update: BOE waiting on Brexit
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 2 NOV 2018
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney could be forgiven for "waiting" this time because Brexit is nigh.
Chief economist update: Australia's low(er)-flation
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 1 NOV 2018
Will the next move in the official cash rate, as Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Philip Lowe put it, likely "be up, rather than down"?
Chief economist update: Eurozone growth slowing fast
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 31 OCT 2018
Advance estimates show that the single currency region's GDP grew by a mere 0.2% in the September quarter - half the previous two quarters 0.4% rate, half market expectations for a 0.4% expansion and the weakest quarterly growth rate since the June 2014 ...
Chief economist update: BOJ on a steady
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 30 OCT 2018
The Bank of Japan starts its two-day monetary policy meeting today and it's not about to give financial markets a Halloween spook.
Super-size me: Latest employment trends
DARREN SNYDER  |  MONDAY, 29 OCT 2018
Wealth management recruiters and their prospective job candidates are beneficiaries of businesses looking to "super-size" roles in digital and customer engagement positions.
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