Economics
Chief economist update: Another year over, a new one begins
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 7 JAN 2019
You, I and Irene certainly need well-wishes aplenty if 2019 turns out to be anything like 2018 - where all major world equity markets produced negative returns and are at correction levels.
Chief economist update: Fed fail
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 20 DEC 2018
The US Federal Reserve disappointed expectations for only a single rate hike next year. Its dot plot shows two more in 2019 plus the continued shrinking of its balance sheet.
Final call for 2019 Chief Economists Forum
DARREN SNYDER  |  WEDNESDAY, 19 DEC 2018
There are five economic factors that will determine whether investors add more risk to emerging markets portfolios in 2019. It's also at a time when EM equity valuations are relatively cheap yet investor sentiment is dim.
Investors to move on property before election: BlackRock
HARRISON WORLEY  |  WEDNESDAY, 19 DEC 2018
The world's largest asset manager can't see the bottom of Australia's housing downturn and it expects investors to be ahead of the game.
Chief economist update: The clown in the White House
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 18 DEC 2018
It's hard not to agree with US President Donald Trump's latest tweet.
Chief economist update: Is there a bear in there?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 17 DEC 2018
What is the definition of a bear market? Technically, it is a 20% drop from its peak.
Chief economist update: ECB bids farewell to QE
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 14 DEC 2018
The European Central Bank reneging on its forward guidance to end its asset purchase program would only confirm financial markets' concern over the increasing momentum of the region's economic slowdown.
Chief economist update: Does the Fed lift or cut interest rates just for the heck of it?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 13 DEC 2018
Recall recent Fedspeak about the US central bank being data dependent? Is it a headline story?
Chief economist update: So much Brexit uncertainty, so little time
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 12 DEC 2018
Theresa May could resign as Prime Minister, or there could be a leadership challenge, or a snap general election, or another referendum on Brexit, or an extension of the 29 March 2019 divorce deadline.
Chief economist update: Aussie property market drop becoming self-fulfilling
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 11 DEC 2018
The acceleration in the decline of property prices could lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy as buyers defer purchases while waiting for cheaper prices and sellers sell at lower prices before prices fall some more.
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