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Chief economist update: Thank you, my frenemy

BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 24 JUN 2021
Looking at Australia's latest trade stats, one would be forgiven for believing that Beijing and Canberra have kissed and made up.

Chief economist update: Chinese activity indicators disappoint but growth target intact

BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 21 JUN 2021
Disappointing. This is the one word that describes the latest batch of activity indicators out of China.

Chief economist update: It's raining jobs

BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 18 JUN 2021
According to ABS data, employment in May was higher than it was pre-pandemic. This bodes well for everyone praying for Australia's recovery - so why are financial markets throwing a tantrum at mounting indications we are well on our way?

Chief economist update: The (dot) plot thickens

BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 17 JUN 2021
The Fed has spoken and Wall Street does not like what it's heard or seen (in the dot plots).

Chief economist update: How do you solve a problem like Australia's housing?

BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 16 JUN 2021
Latest statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics do little more than tell us what we already know; property prices are still growing. But could putting an end to this be more dangerous?

Chief economist update: Anchoring the recovery

BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 15 JUN 2021
European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde is improving on Mario Draghi's "whatever it takes" mantra.

Chief economist update: US inflation may not be as transitory as the Fed believes

BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 11 JUN 2021
The US Fed has made it clear it considers inflation transitionary. But, could inflation continue to accelerate even after the base effects are washed out of the stats?

Chief economist update: Deflated expectations lift deflation expectations

BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 10 JUN 2021
While many, if not most, of its central bank peers - led by the Fed - are pushing back against inflation concerns, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) cannot seem to drive growth in the country's consumer prices significantly beyond zero.

Chief economist update: The devil's in the headline US payrolls number details

BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 8 JUN 2021
US economic momentum has shifted gears. While the headline figures paint a dreary picture, latest stats show more businesses bouncing back and wages growing.

Chief economist update: Home sweet home

BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 7 JUN 2021
The Australian property market is booming and, with interest rates to stay low and prices expected to keep rising, home is where the money is.