Archive for May 1st, 2012

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Australia’s 50-Basis Point Rate Cut

May 1, 2012

The RBA Board cut the official cash rate to 3.75%, lowest in 26 months, beating expectations of a 25-bp reduction.  Policymakers in a statement of explanation said this larger-sized move would “be necessary in order to deliver the appropriate level of borrowing rates” and was “appropriate” in light of moderating inflation and somewhat weaker-than-expected economic […] More

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An Outsized Interest Rate Cut by Australia’s Central Bank

May 1, 2012

The Reserve Bank of Australia’s Official Cash Rate was slashed by 50 basis points to 3.75%, twice the expected reduction.  The Aussie dollar and kiwi in response fell by 1.1% and 0.7% against the greenback.  The U.S. dollar otherwise rose 0.2% against sterling and 0.1% versus the yen and yuan while edging down 0.2% against […] More