Interest Rates

New Zealand shows the RBA the way

Lifting interest rates amid a rising currency was a risky but necessary strategy for New Zealand's central bank, and it looks to be working.

Fed's Dudley wants 2015 rate hike

Federal Reserve Bank of New York president says he would be 'very happy' with a 2015 move.

Weekend Economist: A matter of prudence

Rising house prices have got the RBA's attention. With New Zealand rolling out macro-prudential policies, should Australia follow suit?

US Fed now more likely to hike in 2015

Fed chair Janet Yellen says 'considerable time' pledge is highly conditional as more officials expect first rate move in 2015.

Fed details exit strategy

US central bank further reduces stimulus, says rates on hold for 'considerable time'.

The US production slip won't halt the Fed's plans

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The decline in US industrial production during August is not a concern. And, with the Fed set to cut its asset purchases this month, a rate rise is getting closer.

Weekend Economist: Figures of fiction

When assessing the RBA's outlook for a rate hike, investors should treat the latest jobs numbers with a healthy amount of scepticism.

Banker warns of '94-style bond crash

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Central banks inflating asset bubbles similar to early 1990s, Rob Whitfield says.

RBNZ keeps rates on hold

New Zealand's central bank softens stance on further rate hikes.

Why Gonski is wrong about house prices

David Gonski's comments that only a fool thinks house prices always go up add little to the broader discussion. The real issue is whether buying property enhances wealth.

We need lower rates: Garnaut

Economist says property prices in Sydney and Melbourne preventing RBA.

Weekend Economist: Currency cocoon

Stability is sheltering the Australian dollar carry trades of the hedge funds. The end of QE3 could shake that protection.

Picks of the week

In this week's essential reading guide, Bartholomeusz puts his stamp on Australia Post's poor results, and Gottliebsen criticises the influx of misinformation being published about self-managed super funds.

ECB in shock rate cut move

Central bank lowers interest rates; downgrades GDP, inflation forecasts; unveils stimulus plan.

Debating Australia's housing future

Is Australia's housing market in a bubble environment, or can prices continue to rise regardless? Adam Carr and Callam Pickering go head to head.

A recession is coming, but don't blame debt

Commentators with negative views about the state of the economy have homed in on Australia's record-high debt levels. In fact, the cause of the next recession will be a little more traditional.

Building blocks for a US rate rise

Rebounding construction activity in the US is another positive sign for the country's economic outlook and the prospect for a rate rise in the not-too-distant future.

Will soft GDP drag down the dollar?

A raft of data releases this week, including trade balance, retail sales and building approvals, should have little effect on the Australian dollar. But if GDP comes in weaker than forecast, expect its recent trading range to be tested.

RBA tipped to leave rates on hold

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September board meeting expected to see cash rate left at record low of 2.5%.

Gold pulls back after Yellen speech

Gold traders concerned earlier hike in rates could weaken precious metal.