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 the Aussie dollar is overvalued or protest recent movement in the currency but includes a reminder that if the Aussie dollar were to rise, such “would be expected to result in a slower pick-up in economic activity and inflation than currently forecast.” The pick-up of inflation is projected to be gradual, and the current accommodate policy stance is considered appropriate to meet the twin goals of sustaining growth and “achieving the inflation target over time.”

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