Chief economist update: US economic growth is slowing and accelerating
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 1 MAR 2019
US economic growth both slowed and accelerated in the final quarter of 2018 depending on what measurement of US GDP growth rate is used.
Chief economist update: Wrong way, go down
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 28 FEB 2019
The Australian/US dollar exchange rate is up 1.3% this year despite all the bearish forecasts. In other words, it's headed in the wrong direction.
Chief economist update: The Fed has hit neutral
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 27 FEB 2019
The US Federal Reserve has reached neutral - the "neutral interest rate" level, that is - the Goldilocks state of monetary policy where it is neither accommodative nor restrictive.
Chief economist update: Trump tweets bull market back into China
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 26 FEB 2019
China's Shanghai Composite Index spiked 5.6% yesterday after US President Donald Trump used his fingers to do the talking.
Chief economist update: The RBI surprises (again)
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 25 FEB 2019
The slowing trend in inflation should have alerted financial markets that the Reserve Bank of India would do as it did - cut the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.25%.
Australia ahead in gender diversity
KARREN VERGARA  |  MONDAY, 25 FEB 2019
Australia's commitment to making gender diversity on boards a serious business imperative and without government intervention has made it a standout from other countries. And financial services led the way.
Chief economist update: Nerves of steel
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 22 FEB 2019
Westpac chief economist Bill Evans is pencilling in two RBA 25 basis point rate cuts this year, to which I can only say he has nerves of steel.
Chief economist update: Cut it, cut it now
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 21 FEB 2019
No RBA, growth in wages have remained stagnant - and that's just for the lucky few. The unlucky ones have, in effect, seen their incomes eroded by inflation (thank goodness prices haven't increased by much).
Chief economist update: BOJ exit last year, BOJ easing this year
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 20 FEB 2019
The Japanese currency needs to depreciate more to aid the Bank of Japan's efforts at bringing inflation up to its 2% target.
Chief economist update: Where sentiment goes, there too is spending
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 18 FEB 2019
Despite its monthly ups and downs, the University of Michigan's three major indices of consumer sentiment have flatlined over at least the past two years.
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