Economists push out QE timing after Lowe speech

Original article by Matthew Cranston
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 28-Nov-19

Westpac’s chief economist Bill Evans now expects the Reserve Bank of Australia to pursue quantitative easing in June 2020, having previously forecast that it would commence a bond-buying program in February. Other economists have also revised their timetables for QE after RBA governor Philip Lowe signalled that this option is unlikely to be pursued unless the cash rate falls to 0.25 per cent. Citigroup’s Josh Williamson has ruled out any move to QE in 2020.

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Two cuts left in RBA arsenal

Original article by Patrick Commins
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 27-Nov-19

Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe has used a speech in Sydney to state that conventional monetary policy remains effective and the central bank is unlikely to consider quantitative easing unless the cash rate falls to 0.25 per cent. He indicated that the RBA would buy government bonds if it opted for QE. Lowe also described negative interest rates as the only monetary policy tool that is "truly unconventional", and emphasised that negatives rates are unlikely in Australia.

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‘QE will do nothing’: fundies back infrastructure spending

Original article by Robert Guy
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 28 : 27-Nov-19

Quay Global Investors portfolio manager Chris Bedingfield contends that the Reserve Bank of Australia should not implement quantitative easing. He argues that the federal government should instead prioritise increased spending on infrastructure, noting that this will create jobs in the short-term and boost productivity in the long-term. Sarah Shaw of 4D Infrastructure also advocates investing in infrastructure to stimulate the economy.

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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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QE tipped as rate cuts lose impact

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 17 & 28 : 22-Oct-19

A number of economists now say the Reserve Bank of Australia could implement unconventional monetary policy measures in 2020. They include Westpac’s chief economist Bill Evans, who warns that quantitative easing may be necessary if the cash rate fall below 0.5 per cent. Michael Knox of Morgans Financial, Su-Lin Ong of RBC Capital Markets and Marcel Thieliant of Capital Economics have also flagged the prospect of quantitative easing. Financial markets have fully priced in a rate cut to 0.5 per cent by May.

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ANZ boss calls for QE summit

Original article by Tony Boyd, Vesna Poljak
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 22 : 10-Oct-19

The growing prospect of negative interest rates and unconventional policy measures such as quantitative easing has prompted ANZ Bank CEO Shayne Elliott to propose holding a summit on the issue. He says it should include representatives from the major banks, regional banks, industry regulators, the Treasury and the Reserve Bank. Elliott says that amongst other things, the summit could discuss issues such as the broader economic implications of QE and the role of banks in the economy.

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QE would kill finance and capitalism, McKibbin warns

Original article by John Kehoe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 6 : 9-Oct-19

Former Reserve Bank board member Warwick McKibbin has cautioned against any move to reduce implement quantitative easing in Australia. He argues that unconventional monetary policy in Europe is merely propping up financially unsustainable businesses while restricting access to capital for new businesses. He adds that reducing interest rates below a certain level merely distorts capital without providing any economic stimulus. Some economists expect the cash rate to fall to 0.5 per cent in coming months.

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RBA inflation goal requires negative rates

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 27 : 3-Oct-19

Andrew Boak, the chief economist at Goldman Sachs, says there is a material risk that the Reserve Bank of Australia will reduce the cash rate to less than 0.5 per cent and implement a quantitative easing program. Boak adds that the central bank’s own macroeconomic model suggests that a negative cash rate would be needed to deliver on its inflation and employment targets over the next 2-3 years. Boak expects the cash rate to be cut by another 25 basis points in November, while financial markets have fully priced in a rate cut by February.

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Economists raise chances of QE

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 17 & 27 : 26-Sep-19

UBS’s chief economist George Tharenou says there is a growing possibility that the Reserve Bank of Australia will have to resort to unconventional monetary policy options. He says the US Federal Reserve is likely to reduce official interest rates by another one per cent over the next year, as US economic growth slows due to the latest round of tariff hikes. This in turn will put pressure on the RBA to further ease monetary policy, and potentially resort to measures such as quantitative easing. Tharenou expects the RBA to reduce the cash rate to just 0.25 per cent by May 2020.

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Reserve Bank flags QE to lift stagnant economy

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 24 : 28-Aug-19

The Reserve Bank of Australia’s deputy governor Guy Debelle says the nation has been a major beneficiary of the rules-based global trading system, and he has warned that the current threats to this system present a major risk to both the Australian and global economies. Debelle has also used an Economic Society speech to indicate that the RBA could be open to quantitative easing if the cash rate falls to 0.5 per cent. However, David Plank of the ANZ Bank says the RBA is unlikely to pursue such a course of action unless the cash rate falls to 0.25 per cent or lower.

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