Chief economist update: War is over
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 17 DEC 2019
Well, the trade war's not completely over, but the financial markets' rally on news that a phase one deal between the US and China has been reached provides a snippet of what joy to the world a trade peace could bring.
Chief economist update: Three cheers for Christmas
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 16 DEC 2019
The Fed, Brexit and US-China trade deal brings good tidings for Christmas.
Chief economist update: Changing to Lagarde
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 13 DEC 2019
Not even Christine Lagarde wants to come out with all guns blazing in her debut as the new president of the ECB.
Chief economist update: Has the Fed conquered the yield curve?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 12 DEC 2019
The US has come a long way, baby. From US recession worries to the prospect of a resumption of hikes in interest rates by 2021. Not a good look for Westpac's Bill Evans...
Chief economist update: Businesses remain unmoved by low rates
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 11 DEC 2019
The recent NAB Business Survey indicates that RBA Governor Lowe still can't make the horse drink.
Chief economist update: Eurozone negative rates a failure?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 10 DEC 2019
If the ECB cannot get to positive rates by the middle of 2021, then its experiment in negative rates would have been for nothing. That's according to Kate Samranvedhya of Jamieson Coote Bonds.
Chief economist update: It's Christmas time in the city
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 9 DEC 2019
Not only do US consumers have jobs to back up their optimism and spending, they also feel richer.
Chief economist update: A penny saved, a penny not earned by the economy
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 6 DEC 2019
While it's easy for the government and RBA to coax Australians to go forth and spend, the reality of everyone's financial situation calls for every penny earned to be saved.
Chief economist update: Australian economy gently turning which way?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 5 DEC 2019
Australia's economic growth accelerated to 1.7% in the year to the September quarter from 1.6% in the June quarter, justifying RBA governor Philip Lowe's oft-repeated claim that "the Australian economy appears to have reached a gentle turning point".
Chief economist update: The Grinch steals Christmas
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 4 DEC 2019
It may be Trump's ploy to get whichever country is on the other side of the table to give in to his demands. But the certainty of Trump's uncertainty means that financial markets and businesses are forever second-guessing his next move or tweet.
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