Economics
And so this is Christmas, another year (almost) over
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 10 DEC 2018
The question going forward is what's the Fed going to do going forward. Some say it would ease raising interest rates while others think it's now close to "neutral" (whatever that neutral rate is).
Chief economist update: A prelude to a rate cut?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 7 DEC 2018
Two days after the RBA added another month where interest rates have remained unchanged at 1.5% since August 2016, RBA deputy governor Guy Debelle hinted a downward move.
Chief economist update: Tariff man takes Wall Street down
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 5 DEC 2018
The main game remains Donald Trump and the Fed. The more the US President tries to "Make America Great Again", the more the Fed becomes determined to reduce/remove policy accommodation.
Chief economist update: Bottom line slows down
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 4 DEC 2018
Latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures is a sobering read for investors dabbling in the local share market.
Chief economist update: RBA more likely to cut
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 3 DEC 2018
While the RBA has explicitly stated that the next move in rates would likely be up rather than down, and financial markets are betting on the same, mounting challenges to global and domestic economies are pointing in the opposite direction.
Chief economist update: The angel in the capex details
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 30 NOV 2018
The details of the Australian capex report suggest good tidings ahead. Capital spending intentions are rising.
Chief economist update: Powell Power
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 29 NOV 2018
Merry Christmas! It would even be merrier if Trump and Xi's meeting in Argentina this weekend leads to ceasefire in the trade war.
Chief economist update: The art of the deal in action
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 28 NOV 2018
The mounting evidence that China's economy is slowing could force China to kowtow to Donald Trump's demands.
Chief economist update: Is TLTRO III coming?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 27 NOV 2018
There are fresh speculations that the ECB could launch targeted longer-term refinancing operations (TLTROs) as soon as next month or early next year.
Chief economist update: Wall Street in drunken sailor's shadow
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 26 NOV 2018
This random walk in US equities has been likened to a "drunken sailor" wandering the streets.
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