2020: Year of the fragile economy
ALLY SELBY  |  THURSDAY, 9 JAN 2020
The global economy is toeing a fine line between economic growth and recession, with a number of threats poised to disrupt the already tepid global rally.
Chief economist update: The rise and fall of oil
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 9 JAN 2020
The balance of probabilities points to continued oil price gains in 2020.
Chief economist update: Moving target
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 8 JAN 2020
What's a central bank to do if after so many years of policy accommodation it still couldn't hit its target? Move the goalpost, of course.
China's growth to slow: PIMCO
ELIZA BAVIN  |  WEDNESDAY, 8 JAN 2020
PIMCO is forecasting a slowdown in China's GDP growth in 2020 as tensions between the Asian nation and the United States continue into the New Year.
Modest but meaningful growth on the horizon: Aviva
ELIZA BAVIN  |  TUESDAY, 7 JAN 2020
Global growth is expected to pick up around 3.25% in 2020, up from 3% in 2019, with new research suggesting fears of a severe turndown or recession have significantly diminished.
Chief economist update: Missing the burning forests for the surplus tree
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 7 JAN 2020
Economists had been begging the government to ditch its surplus obsession to boost economic growth long before the fires. The problem is a reduced surplus (or another year of budget deficit) comes at a mammoth cost to lives, families, properties, wildlife ...
Chief economist update: Australia burns
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 6 JAN 2020
It's still too early to estimate the funding required for fire ravaged communities but a tick on the budget surplus is hardly worth anything compared to the rebuilding that must be done soon after the last embers of this Australian fire calamity had ...
Chief economist update: More jobs dull rate cut bets
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 20 DEC 2019
In his last update for the year, Financial Standard chief economist Ben Ong determines whether the ABS's latest update on the labour market brings good tidings for the Australian economy.
Chief economist update: Stock rally heralds 2020 cheer
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 19 DEC 2019
Whether or not policy decisions are sufficient to reverse the slowing momentum in global economic growth remains to be seen.
Chief economist update: Oil's well that ends 2019 well
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 18 DEC 2019
The improving global growth dynamics due on the back of the de-escalating trade war, less uncertainty surrounding Brexit and central banks' continued policy accommodation could revive global oil demand by more than forecast.
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