Chief economist update: Faster wages growth a one-off?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 15 NOV 2018
Don't pop that champagne cork yet. Australian wages growth could be a one-off.
Chief economist update: Buy the dip or sell the rallies?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 13 NOV 2018
Wall Street should be channeling R. Kelly, singing "I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky."
Chief economist update: Cheaper oil greases wheels of growth
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 12 NOV 2018
Lower oil prices may be bad for energy companies and oil producing/exporting countries but they're a blessing for others. The reason being that lower oil prices are, net-net, positive for growth. They increase household disposable income, lifting consumption ...
Chief economist update: As safe as Australian houses?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 8 NOV 2018
The correction in Australia's housing market remains orderly but it also raises doubt with regards to the Reserve Bank of Australia's statement that the next move in interest rates will likely be up.
Chief economist update: Oil slick
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 7 NOV 2018
Put two and two together - reduced demand and steady supply - and it's easier to explain why oil prices are now back to early 2018 levels.
Banks must reshape to survive compliance and technology crunches
DARREN SNYDER  |  TUESDAY, 6 NOV 2018
KPMG and EY highlight Australia's big four banks must balance ongoing compliance costs with continued spending in technology or face being left behind when it comes to innovation.
Chief economist update: The Middle Kingdom's middling growth
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 6 NOV 2018
While Chinese GDP growth slowed from 6.7% in the second quarter to 6.5% in the third quarter - right on central command's target - Caixin's latest Purchasing Managers' survey indicates the economy could be heading for stagnation.
Royal Commission hits Westpac cash earnings
JAMIE WILLIAMSON  |  MONDAY, 5 NOV 2018
Westpac reported a flat net profit of $8 billion with increased remediation provisions and legal costs weighing on the group's cash earnings.
Chief economist update: Americans who want work will find it
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 5 NOV 2018
Whether by luck or design, the booming US economy would have been US president Donald Trump's major legacy to the world - with America supercharging growth globally.
Chief economist update: BOE waiting on Brexit
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 2 NOV 2018
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney could be forgiven for "waiting" this time because Brexit is nigh.
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