Economics
Chief economist update: UK economy slows on Brexit woes
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 12 FEB 2019
UK GDP growth slowed to a mere 0.2% in the fourth quarter of 2018, following growth of 0.6% in the third quarter. Just as the BOE explained, this "reflects softer activity abroad and the greater effects from Brexit uncertainties at home."
Chief economist update: A pretty portrait of an emerging market
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 11 FEB 2019
Normally, a depreciating currency would boost equity prices. The rationale being a cheaper currency boosts exports and company profits et cetera.
Asia, emerging markets to lead in 2019
DARREN SNYDER  |  FRIDAY, 8 FEB 2019
Asia's debt-to-equity ratio and safer company balance sheets are making a convincing case for DWS to increase its exposure in the region as well as broader emerging markets.
Chief economist update: Euro contagion redux?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 8 FEB 2019
The IMF's downgraded assessment on the outlook for the single currency region is still optimistic compared with the EU Commission's latest forecasts.
Former ambassador assesses US-China trade deal
KANIKA SOOD  |  THURSDAY, 7 FEB 2019
A trade deal between US and China could end the uncertainty but it won't do anything to help the trade deficit, according to Capital Group vice chairman Michael Thawley.
Brexit is history: Chief Economists Forum
HARRISON WORLEY  |  THURSDAY, 7 FEB 2019
Brexit is history and the world can go on without an EU-Britain trade agreement, an economic expert told this morning's Financial Standard Chief Economists Forum.
Chief economist update: The RBA capitulates
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 7 FEB 2019
Financial Standard chief economist Benjamin Ong swam against the tide about the RBA raising its cash rate. And now he's been vindicated.
Chief economist update: RBA still in denial
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 6 FEB 2019
"Available information" on the Australian economy points to at least a change in stance to neutral, if not an outright reduction in interest rates.
Chief economist update: Time for an RBA shift to neutral
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 4 FEB 2019
The RBA will keep interest rates unchanged at its February 5 board meeting, but the $64 million question is what the RBA will do next.
Chief economist update: La vita is no longer e bella
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 1 FEB 2019
Italian GDP contracted 0.2% in December quarter after shrinking 0.1% in the previous three-month period. But the decline in the economy's national output was double the expected 0.1%.
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