Quick Bites | RBA lifts rates 25bp from 3.10% to 3.35%
February 07th, 2023 | Article
By: Paul Zwi
As expected, the RBA on Tuesday (today) lifted official cash rates by 25 basis points, from 3.10% to 3.35%.
In its accompanying statement, the RBA acknowledged that “global inflation remains very high. It is, however, moderating in response to lower energy prices, the resolution of supply-chain problems and the tightening of monetary policy. It will be some time, though, before inflation is back to target rates. The outlook for the global economy remains subdued, with below average growth expected this year and next.”
The RBA also stated, “Inflation is expected to decline this year due to both global factors and slower growth in domestic demand. The central forecast is for CPI inflation to decline to 4¾ per cent this year and to around 3 per cent by mid-2025. Medium-term inflation expectations remain well anchored, and it is important that this remains the case…The labour market remains very tight. The unemployment rate has been steady at around 3½ per cent over recent months, the lowest rate since 1974. Job vacancies and job ads are both at very high levels, but have declined a little recently. Many firms continue to experience difficulty hiring workers, although some report a recent easing in labour shortages. As economic growth slows, unemployment is expected to increase. The central forecast is for the unemployment rate to increase to 3¾ per cent by the end of this year and 4½ per cent by mid-2025.”
Markets took the rate increase in their stride, with the ASX somewhat weaker following a very strong January, and the AUD rising slightly.
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