Interest Rates

Weekend Economist: The RBA's holding pattern

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The RBA may deliver dovish signals on growth and inflation next week, but don't bet on a rate cut anytime soon.

RBA expected to leave rates on hold

by AAP
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Falling commodity prices and turbulence on China's share markets is not expected to be enough for the Reserve Bank to deliver another rate cut.

Low rate party for investors ending

by AAP
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Housing investors will pay more but lenders may sweeten deals for owner occupiers.

A growth concern won't stop the Fed

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There's nothing in the latest US growth data to delay a Fed rate hike, though the heavy reliance on the household sector leaves little room for error.

Australia's housing bright spot is starting to dim

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Although residential construction will provide solid support to economic growth this year, it will soon become a drag on the economy.

Fed offers few hints on lift-off date

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US central bank sees progress in labour market, but wary on inflation as rates remain on hold.

RBNZ tips more rate cuts

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Reserve Bank of New Zealand governor hints at further easing to spur growth, inflation.

Rates, jobs encouraging spending

by AAP
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Low interest rates, improved jobs data begin to flow through to stronger retail sales.

RBA’s lower trend growth idea demands a budget reboot

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The RBA has only flirted with the idea of 2pc growth. If that becomes fact, it will force an overhaul of budget settings.

Fed releases forecasts early

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Federal Reserve staff economic forecasts inadvertently posted online, hint at slower rates trajectory.

Weekend Economist: Stevens' surprise

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RBA governor Glenn Stevens has made a shock admission on growth that could ensure rates remain on hold despite a weaker outlook.

RBNZ trims interest rates to 3%

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The Reserve Bank of New Zealand cuts its key interest rate, tips further easing moves.

Another RBA rate cut is inevitable

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The need for more stimulus from the Reserve Bank is becoming urgent, especially as growth in consumption and exports is set to moderate further.

Fed's Bullard sees 50% chance of September hike

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James Bullard says there are good odds the US central bank will raise rates in September.

The 'new normal' for house prices

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It will take nothing short of a recession to bring Australian house prices down.

Fed's Fischer warns on inflation

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Vice chair says US inflation is still too weak, sees low rates necessary to drive it back to 2%.

Weekend Economist: No case for a cut

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Sentiment may be in the doldrums as consumers fret about Europe and housing, but there's still no strong argument for a rate cut anytime soon.

Fed to raise rates 'gradually': Yellen

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Fed chair says economic risks can be balanced by 'prudent and gradual' rate rises.

The RBA's confused case against negative gearing

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Despite recommending a review into negative gearing, the RBA has provided little evidence to support its view.

Rates pushing up property: Costello

Former treasurer says low rates, not negative gearing, forcing house prices higher.

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