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Chief economist: The wages of slow wages growth

BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 20 MAY 2021
The acceleration in inflation provides a good omen for wages growth, particularly for those whose pay increases are tied to CPI. Then again, rising consumer prices relative to wages growth could spell trouble.

Tempered positivity post-pandemic: Experts

ELIZABETH MCARTHUR  |  WEDNESDAY, 19 MAY 2021
A panel of policy, research and economics experts at the Conference of Major Superannuation Funds offered their view of the COVID-19 recovery, revealing how the pandemic changed economies.

Chief economist update: Confidently sustaining the recovery

BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 19 MAY 2021
Is Australia getting so much of a good thing in the way of consumer confidence that a bad thing like rising inflation could be on the way?

Keep COVID-19 in perspective: Panel

ELIZABETH MCARTHUR  |  TUESDAY, 18 MAY 2021
Geopolitical tensions took centre stage at the Conference of Major Superannuation Funds, with experts urging the audience to look at COVID-19 in greater context.

Chief economist: The path to normality

BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 18 MAY 2021
Indicators show that China is in on the path towards normality, but its central bank says the foundation for the economic recovery is not yet solid.

COVID support temporarily improves inequality

KANIKA SOOD  |  MONDAY, 17 MAY 2021
The equity gap between young and old Australians narrowed after a seven-year widening streak but the improved fortunes of the young may be short-lived, says the Actuaries Institute.

Chief economist update: A half-glass full look at inflation

BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 17 MAY 2021
Fears over inflation eased at the start of last week after the US Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed disappointing labour market figures.

Chief economist update: Be afraid of inflation expectations

BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 14 MAY 2021
The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis president believes inflation is going to rise above target for the first time in many years. So what can we expect the Federal Reserve to do about it?

Chief economist update: Inflation scare

BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 13 MAY 2021
All four US benchmark equity indices dropped overnight - the Dow by 1.99%; the S&P 500 by 2.1%; the Nasdaq composite by 2.7%; and the Russell 2000 by 3.3%. And there's only one reason why.

Chief economist update: Frydenberg spends big

BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 12 MAY 2021
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is splurging around $74.6 billion to secure Australia's recovery.