Minutes show Reserve Bank was close to November cut

Original article by Matthew Cranston
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 20-Nov-19

The minutes of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s board meeting on 5 November show that the central bank gave serious consideration to reducing the cash rate to 0.5 per cent. However, board members took into account factors such as the likely effect of further monetary policy easing on savers and consumer confidence. The board ultimately concluded that the best course of action would be to wait until the impact of previous interest rate cuts became clear.

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RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, CITIGROUP PTY LTD

Sweden dumps Oz bonds over climate inertia

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 4 : 15-Nov-19

Shane Oliver of AMP Capital says the Swedish central bank’s decision to divest bonds issued by the Western Australian and Queensland government is unlikely to have much impact on Australian bond prices. Sveriges Riksbank deputy governor­ Martin Floden has cited Australia’s lack of sufficient action on climate change for the move. The central bank has sold its holdings of bonds issued by the Canadian province of Alberta for the same reason.

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SVERIGES RIKSBANK, AMP CAPITAL INVESTORS LIMITED, INVESTOR GROUP ON CLIMATE CHANGE, S&P GLOBAL RATINGS, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF TREASURY AND FINANCE

QE coming next year: JPMorgan

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 17 & 28 : 12-Nov-19

JPMorgan Australia’s chief economist Sally Auld expects the Reserve Bank to implement unconventional monetary policy measures in the December 2020 quarter. Auld still anticipates another official interest rate cut in February, but warns that this will be insufficient to stimulate the economy, prompting the central bank to reduce the cash rate to 0.25 per cent and commence a quantitative easing program in late 2020. However, Auld says quantitative easing is unlikely to be necessary if the federal government’s May 2020 Budget includes ‘meaningful’ fiscal stimulus.

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RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED, MORGAN STANLEY AUSTRALIA LIMITED, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC

Optimistic Reserve Bank holds rates steady for now

Original article by David Rogers, Patrick Commins
The Australian – Page: 19 & 27 : 6-Nov-19

Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe has reiterated that the cash rate is likely to remain low for some time, after it was left unchanged at 0.75 per cent on 5 November. However, he also stressed that the central bank is open to further rate cuts if necessary to achieve its inflation and full employment targets. Su-Lin Ong of RBC Capital Markets now expects another rate cut in February, rather than December. Bill Evans of Westpac also expects a rate cut in February, which he says will be the last one in the current easing cycle.

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RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY

Recovery in doubt as Aussie dollar surges

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 17 & 27 : 1-Nov-19

The Australian dollar reached a three-month high of $US0.693 in local trading on 31 October, in the wake of the US Federal Reserve’s third interest rate cut in 2019. Financial markets have in turn downgraded the chances of the Reserve Bank of Australia reducing the cash rate again before the end of the year. The Australian dollar gained 3.3 per cent in October, including a gain of 1.6 per cent in the last five trading sessions. RBA board member Ian Harper argues that a strong currency is not desirable at present, given weak economic growth and less than full employment.

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UNITED STATES. FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, AMP CAPITAL INVESTORS LIMITED, MORGAN STANLEY AUSTRALIA LIMITED

CPI cools further rate cut chances

Original article by Matthew Cranston
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 6 : 31-Oct-19

Official data shows that the consumer price index rose 0.5 per cent during the September quarter and 1.7 per cent year-on-year. Trimmed mean inflation was 0.4 per cent during the quarter and 1.6 per cent for the year to September. With the inflation rate remaining below the Reserve Bank’s target range of 2-3 per cent for a 15th consecutive quarter, the cash rate now seems likely to stay unchanged at 0.75 per cent for the rest of the year. Craig James of CommSec says the three interest rate cuts in 2019 have spooked consumers.

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RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, COMMONWEALTH SECURITIES LIMITED, CITIGROUP PTY LTD, ERNST AND YOUNG, BIS OXFORD ECONOMICS PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

RBA urges boards: cut hurdle rates

Original article by Matthew Cranston
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 6 : 30-Oct-19

Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe has used a speech in Canberra to argue that businesses should reduce their return hurdle rates on new investments in response to historically low interest rates. He contends that many business investments that did not make sense commercially when interest rates were much higher should now proceed. Lowe also emphasised that negative interest rates are unlikely in Australia.

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RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA

No option for savers as deposits slashed

Original article by Michael Roddan
The Australian – Page: 17 & 28 : 29-Oct-19

The Commonwealth Bank’s term deposit interest rates are now well below the official inflation rate. The banking major has cut its term deposit rates by a much higher margin than the 75-basis point reduction in the cash rate so far in 2019. InfoChoice CEO Vadim Taube says savers need to look beyond the four major banks for term deposits that offer above-inflation interest rates. Meanwhile, Liberal MP Tim Wilson says the Reserve Bank should be wary of further easing monetary policy until the impact of the recent series of official interest cuts can be determined.

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COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, INFOCHOICE LIMITED, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

Global risks high, but Fed will avert recession

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 25 : 23-Oct-19

Northern Trust’s chief economist Carl Tannenbaum expects the US Federal Reserve to reduce official interest rates in late October. Financial markets anticipate more monetary policy easing, but Tannenbaum says the Federal Reserve will put further rate cuts on hold. He is also confident that interest rate cuts will enable the US economy from going into recession. Tannenbaum has also questioned whether the Australian government should still be focusing on returning the Budget to surplus in an environment of low interest rates and a slowing Chinese economy.

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NORTHERN TRUST CORPORATION, UNITED STATES. FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD, UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

Asset rule has banks with $13bn shortfall

Original article by Richard Gluyas
The Australian – Page: 21 : 23-Oct-19

Macquarie’s Victor German expects the Reserve Bank of New Zealand to increase the tier-1 capital requirements for Australian banks’ NZ subsidiaries to 16 per cent, as it has previously flagged. German says Westpac, ANZ and National Australia Bank will be hardest hit by the move, estimating that their combined capital shortfall will be around $13bn. However, the Commonwealth Bank’s capital impost is likely to be smaller than Macquarie had previously expected, which could allow it to return up to $3.5bn to shareholders.

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RESERVE BANK OF NEW ZEALAND, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG