Chief economist update: The RBA capitulates
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 7 FEB 2019
Financial Standard chief economist Benjamin Ong swam against the tide about the RBA raising its cash rate. And now he's been vindicated.
Chief economist update: RBA still in denial
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 6 FEB 2019
"Available information" on the Australian economy points to at least a change in stance to neutral, if not an outright reduction in interest rates.
Chief economist update: Time for an RBA shift to neutral
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 4 FEB 2019
The RBA will keep interest rates unchanged at its February 5 board meeting, but the $64 million question is what the RBA will do next.
Chief economist update: La vita is no longer e bella
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 1 FEB 2019
Italian GDP contracted 0.2% in December quarter after shrinking 0.1% in the previous three-month period. But the decline in the economy's national output was double the expected 0.1%.
Chief economist update: The Fed pause that refreshes
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 31 JAN 2019
Just when I thought that old Wall Street rule of thumb "three steps and a stumble" was no more, it reasserted itself.
Chief economist update: Anatomy of an RBA rate cut
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 30 JAN 2019
The list of stats indicating that the RBA would be forced into a counter-offensive has been growing over the past few months.
Labour and housing drive rate sentiment
KANIKA SOOD  |  TUESDAY, 29 JAN 2019
Here's why shorting the Australian dollar is a good hedge.
Chief economist update: Trump trumps Fed
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 29 JAN 2019
The Fed's fresh iteration of being "data dependent" - a given for all central banks on the planet - means zilch given Donald Trump's unpredictability.
Australia Day: How the barbecue has changed
DARREN SNYDER  |  FRIDAY, 25 JAN 2019
Over the past 20 years, Australians have increasingly paid more for their meat at Australia Day barbecues. They're also more conscious about drinking alcohol to excess and should eat fruit salad.
Chief economist update: Good jobs bad jobs
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 25 JAN 2019
The Australian Bureau of Statistics' latest tracking of the labour market shows that we've got jobs and they're multiplying.
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