Economics
Chief economist update: S&P raises Duterte ratings
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 1 MAY 2019
You can cry conspiracy, but S&P's latest upgrade to the Philippines' credit rating and its now-positive outlook is like another dole-up of manna from heaven for its Government.
Chief economist update: A good problem to have?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 30 APR 2019
If not for the bubble - yes, bubble - blowing into the equity market, the US Federal Reserve's problem of continued strong growth and below-target inflation is a good problem to have.
Chief economist update: Inflation is dead
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 29 APR 2019
The days when measured inflation would go from minus 3% to plus 14%, give or take, are no more.
Chief economist update: Lock in two RBA rate cuts
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 26 APR 2019
As the RBA hesitated to cut interest rates, it is now overdue for two rate reductions.
Chief economist update: The Fed pause that refreshes
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 24 APR 2019
You couldn't miss it even if you tried; the S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq Composite Index surpassed their former peaks overnight. And the Dow is not far behind.
Chief economist update: China is back on track
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 23 APR 2019
China deserves to be congratulated. It's watered and fertilised the economy with enough monetary and fiscal stimulus that green shoots are beginning to appear
Chief economist update: China and the spring in its step
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 18 APR 2019
The timely counter-cyclical measures by both the People's Bank of China (PBOC) and the country's fiscal authorities are starting to bear fruit.
Chief economist update: Equity market rally has legs
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 16 APR 2019
Equity markets everywhere may not be climbing in a straight line, but they are climbing.
Chief economist update: AUD misdirection
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 15 APR 2019
This year to date, the AUD has risen by 2.0% against the greenback to US$0.7178 and by 0.5% on the TWI to 63.44.
Chief economist update: The bad oil
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 12 APR 2019
Lower global growth translates into less demand for oil. So why are crude oil prices rallying?
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