Chief economist update: Low unemployment, low wages growth conundrum
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 16 MAY 2019
I wonder whether a Reserve Bank interest rate cut - or cuts - would get the wages party going.
Chief economist update: Japan becomes collateral damage in US-China trade war
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 15 MAY 2019
Trump hasn't completely set his crosshairs on Tokyo, but not only is Japan caught in the crossfire of the recent Sino-Yankee trade tensions, it's become collateral damage via the appreciation of the Japanese yen.
Chief economist update: A tariff for a tariff
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 14 MAY 2019
The financial markets reacted aggressively in mass selloffs overnight as the tit-for-tat tariff war plays out.
Chief economist update: The (trade) war is back on
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 13 MAY 2019
The trade war is back on and could kill off the green shoots that have recently been sprouting in the Chinese economy.
Chief economist update: Countdown to T-day
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 10 MAY 2019
Investors around the globe are holding their collective breaths as Chinese and American negotiators try and work out a last-minute deal.
Chief economist update: Same challenges, differing reactions
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 9 MAY 2019
Just like its Australian counterpart, the slowdown in global growth and trade war concerns has negatively impacted New Zealand's economy, but their reactions couldn't be more different.
Chief economist update: RBA refused to blink in May
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 8 MAY 2019
Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Despite high expectations that it would, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) didn't only not cut the official cash rate - it kept it unchanged at a record low 1.5%.
Chief economist update: The tweet that reignited the trade war
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 7 MAY 2019
With just two tweets, POTUS reignited the US-China trade war, spooking financial markets.
Chief economist update: Not spring yet in the Eurozone
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 6 MAY 2019
Green shoots are appearing in the Eurozone just in time for spring.
Chief economist update: RBA May cut, May not
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 3 MAY 2019
At the end of the day, the RBA will be justified whether or not it lowers interest rates in May, but not because it's politicised or has given in to vested interests.
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