Interest Rates

Fed on track for 2015 rate hike: Yellen

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Fed chair says first move still likely this year, but normalisation process will be slow.

Weekend Economist: A healthy dose of confidence

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The budget is often a dampener on consumer confidence but not so this year, as a rare sentiment surge delivers hope for a growth boost.

The RBA's great fear

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To a central bank that is obsessed about the currency wars, a sharp rebound in consumer confidence is the stuff of nightmares.

June rate hike unlikely: Fed

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Federal Reserve minutes indicate first move likely to be delayed beyond June meeting.

RBA leaves door open for more cuts

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Board meeting minutes show the Reserve Bank has not ruled out further rate cuts.

The growing hazards in the hunt for yield

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Low interest rates are resulting in excessive risk-taking and higher asset prices, including in Australia's property market.

Medcraft worried about key property markets

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ASIC chairman concerned about house prices in Sydney, Melbourne; warns on SMSF exposure.

Weekend Economist: Short-circuiting the dollar's surge

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The local currency has been on a tear of late but with downside risks from commodities, the Fed and the RBA, don't expect US80c to last long.

Poor policy is holding business back

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Policy that favours property speculation over productive investment is undermining Australia's business sector and threatening the rebalancing process.

The RBA must drop the dollar target

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The central bank’s futile attempts to drive down the dollar have failed. It should scrap its currency target for the sake of our economic health and stability.

The RBA's wish list gets the brush-off

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The government is putting the onus on monetary policy to do the heavy lifting.

Wage growth slows to new annual low

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ABS data shows wages rising 2.3% in year to March; gains miss economist expectations.

Did Yellen send a shot across the bow?

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Perhaps more important than the current data flow from the US is the interpretation of it from Fed voters.

Next RBA move will be up: NAB

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Lender says RBA has finished easing, despite survey showing business conditions falling.

Weekend Economist: The RBA's inflation revelation

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An unexpected revision to the central bank's inflation outlook delivers flexibility for further rate cuts - just don't expect any more this year.

The RBA pumps up the housing bubble

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The central bank fumbled its message to markets this week and the rate cut will only add fuel to the housing market.

The bond warning light is flashing red

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The combination of NAB's capital raising and the bond market sell-off is sending a strong warning signal to the market.

ANZ's Smith urges end to rate cuts

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ANZ chief says a higher currency is just 'something we are going to have to live with'.

NAB cuts home loan rate by 0.20%

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Bank lowers variable home loan rate to 5.43%, fails to pass on RBA rate cut in full.

ANZ, CBA pass on rate cut in full

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Pair become first of big four banks to announce cut after RBA lowers rates.

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