Reserve Bank of Australia

RBA backs APRA on property rules

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RBA says there's no need for NZ-style property action to keep lid on market boom.

US rate hikes good for Aust dollar: RBA

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RBA deputy governor says US Fed Reserve rate hikes this year would weaken Aust currency.

How the RBA can fix its forecasting flaws

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The RBA's preference for 'gut feel' analysis of economic issues lacks sufficient rigour, but a reliance on complex modelling also has its pitfalls.

The threat posed by peak debt

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If Australia has hit peak debt then the potential growth rate of the economy must have fallen.

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 Week Ahead

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Business spending figures will dominate local headlines while a bevy of US economic indicators will be of interest abroad.

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.

RBA flags card surcharge overhaul

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RBA's Malcolm Edey says payments board is considering number of surcharge regulations.

The RBA's caution could backfire

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If the Reserve Bank does not act decisively on rates, it could risk creating the situation it has been seeking to prevent.

Aust dollar slips on RBA minutes

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Local currency touches one-week low as central bank says its open to more rate cuts if needed.

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.

A tale of two property booms

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The recent spike in Sydney and Auckland property prices is a tale of two booming markets leading to different regulatory responses.

What is Australia's new normal?

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Some may disagree with the RBA's view as to why the economic transition has been delayed, but there is no credible case to be made that it won't happen.

The obstacles hindering Australia's economic transition

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The Reserve Bank will be reluctant to cut rates and aggravate risks in the housing sector, but it might not have a choice.

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.

Mortgage demand spikes in March

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ABS data shows record low rates fail to buoy demand for personal finance; business lending lifts.

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.

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