Interest Rates

How low will the RBA go?

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The market expects the official cash rate to be 50 basis points lower by the end of the year, but the window for a rate cut is actually quite narrow, for two reasons.

A proactive Fed won't wait for inflation

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The Federal Reserve is more likely to lift rates on the assumption that inflation will follow rather than wait for it to return to target.

Draghi spruiks stimulus benefits

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ECB president confident bond-buying program will lift economic activity, inflation.

Fed lays groundwork for rate hikes

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Janet Yellen shifts focus from assurances on low rates to likely speed of rate rises.

Fed's Bullard wants 'patient' talk dropped

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James Bullard urges central bank colleagues to lift rates soon despite rising dollar.

Weekend Economist: Capex conundrum

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Business capex numbers are unlikely to make for pleasant reading this week, but will they be weak enough to force another rate cut?

US Fed details rate rise caution

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Minutes show 'many' policymakers inclined to keep rates at record low for 'longer time'.

RBA to monitor property prices

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Minutes of RBA's February meeting show board debated merits of an early rate cut.

Consumers might not be up to the job of carrying the US economy

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With US businesses still investment-shy, the burden is on consumers to spend more. But the recession has had a lasting effect on buying habits.

Weekend Economist: Bet on bias

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Consumer confidence might be improving, but that can fade post-rate cut. Expect an easing bias from the RBA.

Australia's self-perpetuating downturn

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Business confidence has become detached from the economic cycle, while gains in consumer confidence are likely a false dawn. And the RBA is just making things worse.

Fed's Lacker backs June rate rise

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Voting member at US central bank sees June as most suitable time for first hike.

Aust housing bubble risk rising: HSBC

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Economist Paul Bloxham says latest rate cut could fuel unsustainable house price growth.

RBA cuts GDP, inflation forecasts

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Central bank revises down GDP and inflation forecasts in its monetary policy statement.

The RBA's spark won't see house prices rocket

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With interest rates at record lows, there are fears that property prices will surge. But there are a few factors that could blunt the impact of the RBA's move.

RBA should consider QE: Abernethy

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Clime Asset Management director sceptical of interest rate cut benefits.

ANZ passes on RBA rate cut in full

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ANZ cuts floating home loan rate by 0.25%, the last of big 4 banks to pass on RBA cut.

Buffett says Fed won't lift rates

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US Fed Reserve won't raise interest rates this year due to global uncertainty: Buffett

Australia 'manipulating' currency: US executive

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Cliffs Natural Resources chief executive says RBA wants to 'help' big miners.

Hockey to keep up rates pressure

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Treasurer says flow-through to the economy from cuts will be significant.

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