Interest Rates

Weekend Economist: Steady as she goes

Despite some significant changes in the Australian dollar and commodity prices, the Reserve Bank is likely to upgrade its growth forecasts.

Fed will dictate RBA rate hike: HSBC

HSBC's chief US economist says Yellen may move more cautiously on rates than expected.

Rate cut could return to RBA agenda

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Economist says volatile conditions could see interest rates fall instead of rise.

Weekend Economist: Watch for 2015

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The spate of recent 'one-off' events have given forecasts of modest movements from central banks in 2015 and 2016 undue credit.

Fed's Bullard hints at QE extension

Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis president says it could be worth keeping QE program alive.

Weekend Economist: Dollar dazzler

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Australian dollar pessimists underestimate the strength of the global economy, which should drive a substantial lift in the local currency.

Fed worried about offshore growth, dollar

Federal Reserve minutes reveal concerns about overseas growth and rising greenback.

Rate hike a big risk: Fed's Evans

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago president says rate rise would be a major blunder.

Bundesbank hits out at ECB stimulus

German Bundesbank president signals opposition to any further central bank moves.

RBA holds cash rate at record low 2.5%

Reserve Bank holds rates for 14th straight month, in line with expectations.

RBA tipped to keep rates on hold

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Economists expect interest rates to be left alone today, first hike forecast in early 2015.

Inflation edges up in Sept: TD-MI

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Repeal of the carbon tax has kept inflation low, rising 0.1% in September, 2.2% over the year.

Weekend Economist: The Fed factor

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The RBA's 'period of stability' line is unlikely to go until the Federal Reserve's intentions are clear. But when the Fed hikes, it could hike hard.

Rational talk on housing is lost in a bubble

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In the current debate about house prices and bubbles, many seem to have forgotten what property indices actually represent.

The RBA's property argument is full of holes

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The RBA looks to have sensibly ruled out higher loan-to-value ratios to slow house price growth, but its current proposal is still flawed simply because there’s no justification for taking any action at all.

ECB leaves rates unchanged

Central bank takes 'wait and see' approach, retains possibility of quantitative easing.

Australia: land of the free … and indebted

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The only significant economic intervention in our open economy is monetary policy, which ultimately results in higher house prices and debt. This is unlikely to change any time soon.

RBA blamed for housing speculation

Warwick McKibbin links bank’s ultra-low rate policy to surging property speculation.

Why investors are losing faith in Australia

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The US, UK and New Zealand are surging ahead while we in Australia continue to obsess over the perpetual downturn.

Caution urged on housing tools

Former US Fed governor says new options to slow house price growth could prove risky: report.

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