The author has been described by News Ltd as an "iconoclast", "Svengali", a pollie's "economist muse", and "pungently accurate". Fairfax says he is a "Renaissance man" and "one of Australia’s most respected analysts." Stephen Koukoulas concludes that he is "85% right", and "would make a great Opposition leader." Terry McCrann claims the author thinks "‘nuance’ is a trendy village in the south of France", but can be "scintillating" when he thinks "clearly". The ACTU reckons he’s "an enigma wrapped in a Bloomberg terminal, wrapped in some apparently well-honed abs."

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

NAB scolds RBA for poor communication

This was always going to be a lose-lose situation for the RBA. Weening the commentators off the 'good-oil' was likely to wrong-foot markets used to relying on them. Having said that, they don't come much wiser than NAB's Rob Henderson:

"One last point, while the RBA might be the best central bank in the world, in terms of pre-emptive monetary policy moves, its communication with the market and the community at large has been woeful. For markets to misprice the likelihood of a rate hike so badly two meetings in a row means the RBA cannot claim to be world best practice in terms of transparency and communication. It needs to do more work to ensure its first class analysis is communicated better to central bank watchers, who pass this on the market and the community in general."