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Chief economist update: Bad news is good news is back
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 11 MAY 2020
In the current world of high volatility, one day's gain could be wiped out the next. Still, the US equity market's benchmark indices are showing renewed strength at the margin.
Chief economist update: Annus horribilis with a vengeance
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 8 MAY 2020
I don't know what the Latin term is for a year that's worse than 'annus horribilis', but 2020 would be it.
Chief economist update: Will emerging markets be first to emerge?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 7 MAY 2020
There is a strong case to overweight emerging equity markets versus developed ones, as they report lesser cases of COVID-19 and ease lockdown restrictions earlier than their developed counterparts.
Chief economist update: The outlook for Australia, according to COVID-19
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 6 MAY 2020
RBA governor Philip Lowe's statement yesterday put in black and white what all central bankers and governments are currently thinking - it all depends on the success of containing or beating COVID-19. But even the RBA's baseline scenario is bad.
Lockdown measures cost $4bn a week: Frydenberg
ELIZA BAVIN  |  TUESDAY, 5 MAY 2020
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has revealed the COVID-19 social restrictions are costing the Australian economy $4 billion a week.
Chief economist update: Eurozone good news to get worse before it gets better
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 5 MAY 2020
The slowing rate of infections and deaths suggest the Eurozone has passed the peak of its COVID-19 experience and its now looking to scale back lockdown measures. Even if its hit with a second wave, the damage has already been done.
Unemployment already over 15%: Roy Morgan
KANIKA SOOD  |  MONDAY, 4 MAY 2020
April unemployment data released by Roy Morgan today paints a far gloomier picture of Australia's workforce than the Australian Bureau of Statistics' latest data from March.
Chief economist update: No escaping the inverted yield curve
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 4 MAY 2020
While we've all been focused on flattening the curve, but the yield curve may just be reclaiming its dominance.
Chief economist update: Labor Day mayday
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 1 MAY 2020
It would have been funny had it not been for the circumstances in which we find ourselves. For right on the eve of Labor Day, the US Department of Labor reports that more than 30 million Americans have now applied for unemployment benefits.
Chief economist update: No cheers as RBA hits inflation target
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 30 APR 2020
Under normal circumstances and just looking at the numbers, you would assume that acceleration in consumer prices in the March quarter is the start of something good. But is it?
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