Reserve Bank of Australia

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?

The Week Ahead

The RBA's bi-annual Financial Stability Review will be in focus, while ‘flash’ readings on manufacturing activity in the US, Europe and China will also be closely watched.

Central banks warn on complacency

Global central bank chiefs warn investors are fleeing to less regulated, higher risk markets.

Aust dollar rises on RBA minutes

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Local currency lifts on speculation RBA may lift interest rates if the housing market overheats.

RBA monitoring housing boom

Central bank notes risks linked with rising house prices, dollar still high.

RBA's Kent upbeat on business investment

Asst governor optimistic, but warns still-high Aust dollar may be holding business investment back.

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.

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.

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.

RBA looking to businesses for growth

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Stevens says businesses must drive growth, as transition away from mining boom continues.

RBA monitoring Chinese property market

RBA governor warns against excessive risk-taking in local housing market while rates are low.

Aust dollar slips slightly on RBA decision

Local currency loses a little bit of ground as RBA holds rates as widely expected.

RBA holds cash rate at record low 2.5%

Reserve Bank says most prudent course of action remains a period of stability in interest rates.

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%.

Private sector credit misses forecast

Value of loans outstanding to private sector rises at slower than expected pace in July.

RBA warns on home lending

Central bank cautions on systemic risk linked to policies that boost supply of mortgage finance.

Economy 'needs more than low rates': RBA

Governor suggests lower interest rates are not the answer to lacklustre confidence.

The RBA plays a dangerous game with its dollar bet

Despite its best efforts, the RBA still hasn't been able to lower the exchange rate. Glenn Stevens better figure out how to drive the dollar down before mining investment collapses.