Chief economist update: Super Mario's last hurrah
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 3 SEP 2019
In his final weeks at the top, ECB president Mario Draghi would want to go out with a bang and do "whatever it takes" to mitigate the growing risks to growth and inflation.
Chief economist update: This land is ours
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 2 SEP 2019
Months of disruptions to everyday life and businesses in Hong Kong are taking their toll on the Hang Seng index, compounding the US-China trade war the territory appeared to have overcome since it started in early 2018.
Chief economist update: The budget surplus can wait
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 30 AUG 2019
Latest capex and business confidence measures point toward RBA interest rate reductions.
Chief economist update: The fear of Brexit
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 29 AUG 2019
Shouldn't Brexit encourage UK companies to shed workers, least of all give pay hikes? Shouldn't UK workers be discouraged from asking for pay increases faced with the uncertainty of losing their jobs?
Chief economist update: US yield curve pictorial
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 28 AUG 2019
Will the US yield curve again be proven correct?
Chief economist update: What price Australian budget surplus?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 27 AUG 2019
Aside for bragging rights, I can't understand why the current Australian government remains hell-bent on achieving a surplus when Australia and the world are now finding themselves facing real and present danger of a recession.
Chief economist update: Trump should read Frank
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 26 AUG 2019
With Trump's latest tweets the "uncertainty about trade policy" the Fed's Powell spoke of in Jackson Hole has just become certain - certain to escalate further that is. Unless POTUS reverses his "take no prisoners" policy on trade (and even his own central ...
Chief economist update: Jerome is in the Hole
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 23 AUG 2019
As the Fed kicks off its annual economic symposium in Jackson Hole, the world is ready to slice and dice everything that its chair Jerome Powell says. Will he pass the test?
Chief economist update: Wheels of US recession in motion
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 22 AUG 2019
The US yield curve indicates a US recession is on the cards, even if Trump rescinds all tariffs on trade and the Fed drops helicopter money today.
Chief economist update: The hazard of being a safe haven
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 21 AUG 2019
Mounting uncertainties are pushing investors into safe haven assets such as longer-term bonds and currencies like the Swiss franc and the Japanese yen.
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