Reserve Bank of Australia

Australian Monetary Policy Stance Still on Hold

June 5, 2018

The Reserve Bank of Australia’s official cash rate was last changed in August 2016 when it was cut 25 basis points to 1.50%. Each ensuing policy review — done once every month except January — has stuck with that status quo, although the direction of the rate’s next change is more likely to be up […] More

Reserve Bank of Australia

May 1, 2018

Notwithstanding a lengthy 21 months since the last change of Australia’s official cash rate — a cut of 25 basis points to 1.5% — members of the RBA Board remain in no hurry to start rate normalization. A post-meeting statement released today concluded that “further progress in reducing unemployment and having inflation return to target […] More

May Day 2018

May 1, 2018

A slew of countries are observing May Day holiday closures to honor workers. These include India, China, Hong Kong South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, Germany, France, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, and Brazil. The main market-sensitive developments are 1) a batch of weak British data weighing on sterling and 2) U.S. President […] More

Australian Official Cash Rate Left at Record Low 1.5%

April 3, 2018

As recently as two months ago, Reserve Bank of Australia Board members were sticking to the prediction that growth would rebound at least to 3% this year. The February post-meeting statement asserted, “The Bank’s central forecast for the Australian economy is for GDP growth to pick up, to average a bit above 3┬áper┬ácent over the […] More

Continuing Parade of March Purchasing Managers Surveys

April 3, 2018

While many markets had remained shut for Easter Monday, U.S. equities plunged yesterday, led by technology issues. Today in earlier trading, markets have paused comparatively speaking. Stocks closed down only 0.8% in China, 0.6% in Taiwan, and 0.5% in Japan and Singapore, and the Hang Seng rose 0.8%. Likewise, stocks in Europe have fallen 0.9% […] More

Australian Official Cash Rate Kept at Record Low of 1.5% as Expected

December 5, 2017

The OCR of the Reserve Bank of Australia has been 1.5% since a pailr of 25-basis point reductions in May and August of last year. Governor Lowe’s statement after this month’s Board meeting reiterates that wage and core price inflation, as well as long-term interest rates, continue to be low. It does not assert that […] More

Reserve Bank of Australia

November 7, 2017

Australia’s Official Cash Rate has been at a record low 1.5% since August 2016 when such was cut by 25 basis points. Even though the economy has not had a recession for over 20 years, price and wage inflation are currently low. The on-year rise in consumer prices, both total and core, continues to be […] More

Reserve Bank of Australia

October 3, 2017

The Official Cash Rate of the RBA was last reduced in August 2016, the second of two 25-basis point cuts that year. The OCR previously had been cut from a peak of 3.5% by 50 basis points in the final quarter of 2012, another 50 bps during 2013 and 50 bps in 2015, and the […] More

No Interest Rate Change from the Reserve Bank of Australia but New Language about the Australian Dollar

August 1, 2017

The latest monthly RBA meeting kept the Official Cash Rate at 1.5%, a record low since a 25-basis point cut a year earlier. A released statement kept the bank’s macroeconomic forecasts largely unchanged, but new language was introduced in the comment on the Australian dollar: The Australian dollar has appreciated recently, partly reflecting a lower […] More

Reserve Bank of Australia

July 4, 2017

Australia’s Official Cash Rate was again left at 1.5%, its level since the last of eight 25-basis point reductions from October 2012 to August 2016. A statement from Governor Lowe conveys no urgency to change the rate soon in either direction. The statement again warns that an appreciation of the Australian dollar would be an […] More

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