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Chief economist update: Too much of a good thing could be a bad thing

BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 31 MAR 2021
US consumer confidence has rebounded to its highest level since the onset of the pandemic in America in March last year. This is hardly surprising with cases of coronavirus infections dropping, vaccine distribution running on full steam, a strengthening ...

Chief economist update: BOJ has no plans to ease easing

BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 30 MAR 2021
The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy settings as is at its latest meeting, and it seems it has no plans of letting up anytime soon.

Chief economist update: Australia's virtuous cycle keeps on turning

BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 29 MAR 2021
There's a good chance Australia's GDP growth could be revised higher again which, if true, would boost consumer and business confidence and income taxes while reducing welfare payments.

Chief economist update: Strike while iron ore cools

BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 26 MAR 2021
This is likely to be a pause rather than the beginning of the end of the rise and rise in iron ore prices.

Chief economist update: Hot flashes

BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 25 MAR 2021
IHS Markit's flash estimates for March give credence to the equity markets' rotation towards cyclicals and the bond market's concern over US inflation.

Zero rates causing risky business: Pengana

ANNABELLE DICKSON  |  WEDNESDAY, 24 MAR 2021
The low interest rate environment is exacerbating the breakdown of social cohesion and encouraging investors to take on more risk, according to Pengana Capital.

Chief economist update: Powell said, Yellen said

BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 24 MAR 2021
With Biden, Powell and Yellen flooding the US economic and financial system with liquidity, there is no doubt that the tide of economic growth would continue to rise.

Chief economist update: BOE not letting its guard down

BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 23 MAR 2021
With its latest decision, the Bank of England is being prudent despite improved economic growth, COVID-19 infection rates and additional stimulus.

Chief economist update: What a difference an Australian year makes

BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 22 MAR 2021
Despite delays in rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine, with cases of infections virtually next to nil, life has and can continue to go on as it did pre-pandemic - jabbed or unjabbed.

Chief economist update: When 6%-plus growth is deemed too low

BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 19 MAR 2021
Many a time, China's annual economic growth target had been considered too high/ambitious by economists, international institutions and financial markets. This time is different.