Australia's central bank slashed its near-term growth outlook and is relying on persistent jobs market strength to cushion a property-driven downturn in household spending. The economy is expected to expand 1.75% in the year through June versus 2.5% seen three months earlier, and is then forecast to lift to 2.75% for the rest of the forecast period, the Reserve Bank said in Sydney Friday. It made substantial cuts to the outlook for consumption and dwelling investment despite all forecasts being premised on two cuts in the cash rate. œGrowth in the Australian economy has slowed and...

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The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), at its May monetary policy meeting held this Tuesday, made no adjustment to its official cash rate (OCR) and maintained it at a record low of 1.50 percent for the thirtieth straight meeting, disappointing the hawks big time. The RBA statement read: œThe Board judged that it was appropriate to hold the stance of policy unchanged at this meeting. In doing...

In a widely expected decision, the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee held the policy rate unchanged at 0.75% with a unanimous vote. The asset purchase facility remained steady at €435 billion as well. Below are some key takeaways from the monetary policy statement. "Policymakers vote 9-0 to maintain corporate bond purchase target at 10 billion sterling." "Q1 GDP likely boosted by...

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday left unchanged a key U.S. interest rate that influences the cost of borrowing for mortgages and all sorts of consumer and business loans, noting a recent decline in inflation even as the economy continues to grow "at a solid rate." In a unanimous vote, the Fed kept its benchmark interest rate in a range of 2.25% to 2.5%. Senior officials sounded more upbeat...

On Thursday, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) concluded its 2-day April monetary policy review meeting and made no changes to its monetary policy settings, holding rates at -10bps while maintaining 10yr JGB yield target at 0.00%. The BOJ vote was 8 to 1, leaving its pledge to buy JGBs unchanged so that its holdings increase at an annual pace of around 80 trln yen. The decision on maintaining its...

The Federal Reserves decision in March to cease raising interest rates this year was driven by unease over the U.S. and global economies and surprisingly subdued inflation, according to minutes of the pivotal central bank meeting. Last month the Fed junked previous plans to raise a key short-term U.S. interest twice more this year. Instead, Chairman Jerome Powell reiterated the Fed would...

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