Australia™s central bank chief highlighted worries among households and businesses about the health and economic outlook, as the nation™s successful run of Covid-19 containment was rocked by a new outbreak, damping the economy™s otherwise improving prospects. Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Philip Lowe kept the cash rate and three-year yield target unchanged at 0.25%, as expected. Soaring job advertisementsand retail sales suggest the economy is recovering, yet a spiraling rate of cases in Australia™s second-largest city is a stark reminder of ongoing...

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Australia's central bank said there's potential for an upswing in home prices as dwelling construction weakens, while reiterating it's prepared to lower interest rates further. In minutes of its Sept. 3 policy meeting released in Sydney Tuesday, the Reserve Bank also noted that "the upward trend in wages growth appeared to have stalled" and that forward-looking indicators suggested employment...

The European Central Bank cut interest rates further below zero and said itll resume bond purchases as President Mario Draghi overcame critics of his stimulus policies to make a final run at reflating the euro-area economy. The Governing Council reduced the deposit rate to minus 0.5% from minus 0.4%, and will buy debt at 20 billion euros ($22 billion) a month starting...

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Friday afternoon that the most recent monthly gauge of the U.S. labor market fit into an overall picture of a healthy jobs market and economy. In a question-and-answer session in Zurich, Powell said the outlook for the economy remains favorable, describing the future as one likely to reflect continued moderate economic expansion. Powell said the...

While testifying before the Treasury Committee as part of the Bank of England (BOE) inflation report hearings, Governor Mark Carney said that their worst-case Brexit scenario was less severe than last year's forecast and added that the worst-case Brexit outcome was now expected to cause a 5.5% drop in the real gross domestic product (GDP) compared to 8% previously estimated. The GBP/USD pair...

David Plank, head of Australian economics at ANZ, explains that as expected by almost all commentators the RBA Board left the cash rate at 1% following its September meeting. Key Quotes œWe think the RBA will ease again before the end of the year, but the data since the last meeting clearly did not reach the threshold of an œaccumulation of additional evidence that the Bank has set as...

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Fed's Powell: 'Medical Metrics' Most Important Data for U.S. Economy Now: CBS
Monday, 18 May 2020 08:06 WIB The most important data for the U.S. economy right now are the "medical metrics around the coronavirus pandemic, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome...
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RBA cuts Official Cash Rate by 25 bps to 0.50%, AUD/USD jumps
Tuesday, 3 March 2020 10:38 WIB At its March monetary policy meeting on Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut its official cash rate (OCR) by 25bps to a record low of...

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