House price falls key caveat for Reserve

Original article by Matthew Cranston, Natasha Gillezeau
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 20-Feb-19

The minutes of the Reserve Bank’s monthly board meeting show that the central bank believes that the cases for an increase or a reduction in the cash rate are "more evenly balanced" now than they had been over the last year. In contrast, the Reserve Bank had stated in December that a rate rise is more likely. The central bank has also noted that dwelling investment is likely to decline more sharply than previously anticipated, and it has given indications that the outlook for house prices may influence the timing of the next change in monetary policy.

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RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED

Lowe shortens the odds for a Cup Day cut

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 27 : 8-Feb-19

A growing number of economists expect the Reserve Bank of Australia to reduce the cash rate by the end of 2019, although the general consensus is that interest rates will remain on hold. Meanwhile, financial market traders have priced in a 56 per cent chance of a rate cut by November, compared with just 34 per cent two days ago. UBS now expects the cash rate to be reduced by 25 basis points in November, with a further rate cut in the first half of 2020. However, the Commonwealth Bank expects the next movement in the cash rate to be up, in November 2020.

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Dollar dives as RBA keeps door open on rate cut

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 17 & 27 : 7-Feb-19

Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe adopted a more dovish tone on monetary policy on 6 February. He used a National Press Club speech in Sydney to indicate that the RBA has the flexibility to reduce the cash rate if the outlook for unemployment and inflation makes such a move appropriate. The RBA had signalled in December that interest rates are more likely to rise than to fall. Lowe also said that the downturn in house prices is unlikely to affect economic growth.

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Next rates move still up, RBA insists

Original article by David Rogers, James Glynn
The Australian – Page: 19 & 28 : 6-Feb-19

The Reserve Bank of Australia has downgraded its forecast for economic growth in 2019 from 3.25 per cent to around three per cent, after leaving the cash rate unchanged at 1.5 per cent. The central bank has also advised that it now expects the unemployment rate to fall to around 4.75 per cent over the next several years, while it forecasts an underlying inflation rate of two per cent in 2019. Analysts expect official interest rates to remain on hold for some time.

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Forecasters tipping RBA will cling to its tightening bias

Original article by Vesna Poljak
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 22 : 4-Feb-19

Andrew Ticehurst of Nomura expects the Reserve Bank of Australia’s board to retain its bias toward tightening monetary policy when it meets on 4 February. Ticehurst also forecasts that the central bank will scale back its economic growth and inflation forecasts. The general consensus of economists is that the RBA will leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.5 per cent throughout 2019, although financial markets have priced in the chance of a rate cut late in the year.

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Fed puts the brakes on interest rates

Original article by Nick Timiraos
The Australian – Page: 28 : 1-Feb-19

Wall Street rallied and US bond yields fell after the Federal Reserve left the cash rate on hold at its first monetary policy meeting for 2019 and signalled that further rate rises are off the agenda in the near-term. The central bank had increased the federal funds rate in December and flagged two rate rises in 2019. Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell has identified a number of potential risks to the US economy that contributed to the decision to announce an interest rate pause.

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Rates rise tipped but not soon

Original article by James Glynn
The Australian – Page: 27 : 31-Jan-19

There is general consensus in financial markets that the Reserve Bank of Australia will keep official interest rates on hold at 1.5 per cent in February. However forme RBA board member John Edwards says the next movement in the cash rate will be up rather than down, although this is will not happen in the near-term. He adds that the RBA’s economic growth and inflation forecasts for 2019 are "quite plausible".

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Next rates move will be up: RBA’s Harper

Original article by James Glynn
The Australian – Page: 24 : 30-Jan-19

Reserve Bank of Australia board member Ian Harper has downplayed suggestions that the central bank could further reduce the cash rate. He says the strength of the domestic economy means that interest rates will rise, but stresses that this is his personal view. Meanwhile, Harper adds that there are no indications as yet that the downturn in residential property prices has prompted consumers to reduce their spending. Financial markets have priced in a better-than-even chance that the RBA will reduce the cash rate during 2019.

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RBA will ignore gloom and stay a growth hawk

Original article by James Glynn
The Australian – Page: 23 : 25-Jan-19

The Reserve Bank of Australia is tipped to scale back its economic growth forecasts for 2019 and 2020, after GDP growth was just 2.8 per cent year-on-year in the December 2018 quarter. The RBA had previously forecast growth of 3.5 per cent for 2018. However, the central bank is expected to maintain its hawkish stance, given that the unemployment rate eased in December. The strong labour market also means an increase in the cash rate is more likely than a cut.

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RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA

Fed will take a break from rate hikes: Yellen

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian – Page: 13 & 18 : 8-Jan-19

The Federal Reserve raised US interest four times in 2018, and former chair Janet Yellen says another one or two rate rises may be necessary to prevent the economy from overheating. However, Yellen has told a conference in China that she does not expect the central bank to tighten monetary policy again immediately. Yellen’s successor Jerome Powell has signalled that the Federal Reserve will be flexible in its approach to monetary policy in 2019.

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