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At its meeting today, the Board decided to: increase the cash rate target by 25 basis points to 35 basis points increase the interest rate on Exchange Settlement balances from zero per cent to 25 basis points. The Board judged that now was the right time to begin withdrawing some of the extraordinary monetary support...
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It’s an important question as prices rise around the world fuelled by soaring energy and commodity costs, supply chain constraints and a geopolitical retreat from globalisation. In Australia, headline inflation is expected to reach 5 per cent by the end of the year1. And while that’s still low from an historical perspective, it is above...
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The labour market is strong, with higher employment levels than pre-COVID, a record participation rate and a low unemployment rate of four per cent. Alongside increasing inflation, that’s enough trigger a rise in the official cash rate by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), most likely when the RBA board meets on Tuesday (3 May)....
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Energy is expensive. How much does it take to fill up at the petrol bowser? How much are consumers paying to run their households, and businesses paying to operate? It’s also dirty, with three-quarters of energy generation sourced from fossil fuels1. While prices differ across states and territories, no matter where people live, lower socio-economic...
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At its meeting today, the Board decided to: maintain the cash rate target at 10 basis points and the interest rate on Exchange Settlement balances at zero per cent. Inflation has increased sharply in many parts of the world. Ongoing supply-side problems, Russia's invasion of Ukraine and strong demand as economies recover from the pandemic...
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At its meeting today, the Board decided to: maintain the cash rate target at 10 basis points and the interest rate on Exchange Settlement balances at zero per cent The global economy is continuing to recover from the pandemic. However, the war in Ukraine is a major new source of uncertainty. Inflation in parts of...
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At its meeting today, the Board decided to: maintain the cash rate target at 10 basis points and the interest rate on Exchange Settlement balances at zero per cent decided to cease further purchases under the bond purchase program, with the final purchases to take place on 10 February. The Omicron outbreak has affected the...
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Quick take-outs 2022 is likely to be the year COVID-19 goes from being an epidemic to endemic Expect ongoing global economic recovery – albeit with bumps along the way The spike in inflation is partly due to pandemic driven distortions to demand and supply chains but inflation will be higher over the years ahead than...
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As far as real estate sectors go, retail has been the most challenged globally over the past 24 months. With a valuation correction occurring through the pandemic, retail is now starting to garner stronger investor interest given its attractive yield relative to other asset classes. There is clearly a greater understanding of the role quality...
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Around the globe, prices are spiking. In the United States, the most recent official inflation reading puts price rises at a 31 year high1. In Germany it’s at 29-year highs2. Canada recently printed an 18-year record for inflation3 and in the United Kingdom, price rises are at a ten year high4. In Australia inflation is...
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