Reserve Bank of Australia

Reserve Bank of Australia Maintaining Monetary Accommodation

June 1, 2021

Board members at the Reserve Bank of Australia left the Official Cash Rate at a record low of 0.10%, its level since a 15-basis point cut six months ago. This was the expected decision and was made in spite of a red-hot property market. A released statement from Governor Lowe reaffirms the commitment to keeping […] More

Lots of Other Data to Digest While Waiting for U.S. April Jobs Report

May 7, 2021

The dollar, down a mere 0.1% overnight, and the 10-year Treasury yield — unchanged at 1.57% — have beenĀ  marking time ahead of the U.S. Labor Department’s monthly jobs report, which is expected to reveal a 0.1-0.2 percentage point drop in unemployment, another large jump in employment of close to 900k, but tepid wage pressure. […] More

Reserve Bank of Australia Keeps Existing Monetary Policy Unchanged

April 6, 2021

Australia’s Official Cash Rate had been cut three times last year, twice in March by a total of 75 basis points and most recently by a further 15 bps in November to a record low of 0.10%. That level was retained at today’s monthly policy review by the Reserve Bank of Australia Board. So were […] More

Dollar Strengthened Modestly Overnight

February 16, 2021

The dollar rose 0.2-0.4% against the euro, yen, Swiss franc, sterling, and Canadian, Australian and New Zealand dollars. Japan’s Nikkei-225 equity index, which jumped 1.9% Monday and closed above 30,000 for the first time since 1990, extended that advance by 1.3% this Tuesday. This rise had been ignited by news of a stronger-than-expected 3.0% fourth-quarter […] More

Reserve Bank of Australia Lays Out a Long Path Before a First Interest Rate Hike

February 2, 2021

After customarily skipping of a January Board meeting, monthly policy reviews resumed in Australia where officials agreed to leave their Official Cash Rate unchanged at a record low of 0.1% where such has been since a 15-basis point in November. The OCR previously in 2020 had been cut twice in March by 25 basis points […] More

A Rise in Equities, Sovereign Debt Yields, and the Dollar as GameStop and Silver Swoon

February 2, 2021

The price of GameStop has imploded about 60% in the past 24 hours, and the other notable short squeeze has fallen back 6.3%. The removal of these unhealthy elements in financial markets has been beneficial overall. The S&P, DOW, and Nasdaq each opened about 1% higher. In the Pacific Rim earlier today, stock markets closed […] More

Reserve Bank of Australia Eases Policy Further… Not a Surprise

November 3, 2020

Policymakers at the Reserve Bank of Australia enacted their first Overnight Cash Rate (OCR) cut since March and introduced a program of government bond purchases, which will total A$ 100 billion over the coming six months and likely continue longer. Although the short-term economic outlook is better than at the time of the last full […] More

U.S. Election Day Has Come, and Stocks Are Rallying Around the World

November 3, 2020

There is a mood of trepidation this Election Day. Record numbers were cast early, and the choice is considered the starkest in living memory. Fears center on the possibility of a contested outcome and ensuing violence, with interference from cyber meddling and other glitches in counting the results. Despite widespread agreement that America is going […] More

Stocks Up, Dollar Marginally Lower, and Trump Out of the Hospital

October 6, 2020

Share prices overnight rose 1.5% in India, 1.2% in Taiwan, 0.8% in Indonesia, and 0.5% in Japan. Markets have also climbed 0.7% in New Zealand and 0.3% in Australia. In Europe so far, equities have risen 1.0% in Spain, 0.8% in Italy , 0.5% in France, 0.3% in Germany but just 0.1% in Great Britain. […] More

Dollar Loses More Ground as Trump’s Reelection Prospects Improve

September 1, 2020

On the heels of a weak performance in August, the dollar fell another 0.8% against sterling overnight and also lost 0.5% relative to the euro, kiwi, and peso, 0.4% versus the yuan, 0.3% vis-a-vis the loonie, and 0.1% against the yen and Australian dollar. It also costs more dollars today than yesterday to buy commodities […] More

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