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Phillip Lowe apologises to the Australian Public over missed forecasts

Phillip Lowe, governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, (RBA) has issued an apology to the Australian public in his most recent statement. Lowe specifically apologised for providing guidance in 2020 and 2021 that the official cash would only rise in 2024. Instead, rate rises began earlier this year and rises have occurred in 7 straight months. Dur...

November 28, 2022
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Bank of England announces biggest single rate hike in 33 years

Another day, another hike. On Wednesday, the US Federal Reserve announced its latest policy decision to raise its interest rates from 3.25% to 4%, to its highest level since January 2008. On Thursday, it was the Bank of England's turn to announce its decision. As expected, the central bank raised its interest rates by 0.75% to 4%. It was the hig...

November 4, 2022
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Bank of England gives Funds three days to get books in order

The Bank of England has seemingly turned its back on protecting UK Retirement funds, after initially bailing out these funds who were facing serious liquidity issues in relation to their exposure to Fixed income assets.   History   As a part of new UK Prime Minister, Liz Truss’s mini budget she outlined big tax breaks for mu...

October 12, 2022
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Reserve Bank of Australia surprises the market by lifting cash rate by 25 bps

The Reserve Bank of Australia, (RBA) has surprised much of the market by raising the country's cash rate by just 25 basis points. With analysts expecting a more aggressive 50 bps hike, the smaller lift will provide relief to much of the country's housing market and equity market. RBA, Chairman, Phillip Lowe outlined how previous rate rises had alre...

October 4, 2022
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Reserve Bank of Australia hikes Cash Rate by 0.50%

    The Reserve Bank of Australia, (RBA) has increased the Country’s cash rate by half a percent to combat the rising inflation in its latest cash rate change. The increase was in line with most analyst’s expectations as the RBA continues to fight inflation and bring it back into the 2-3% range. The current forecast from the RBA...

August 2, 2022
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RBA preview – likely 50bp hike incoming

Todays RBA policy meeting is expected by most analysts to result in a 50bp hike as the bank tries to play catch up and get on top of elevated inflation figures.   The slightly lower Q2 CPI  figures released last week has seen futures markets price out what was earlier feared could be a 75bp supersized move, a 50bp hike would see the ban...

August 2, 2022
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US dollar drops as the economy shrinks by 0.9% for the last quarter.

US economic data revealed last night shows that the country’s GDP has shrunk by 0.9%, although some are remaining positive that a recession may still be avoided. Despite the worrying figures, Federal Reserve Chair, Jerome Powell, outlined his belief that due to low unemployment figures of 3.6% and a strong market for jobs with 11 million job open...

July 29, 2022
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Australian CPI figures increase to 6.1%

The Australian Consumer data was released today with Consumer Price Index rising to 6.1% over the past 12 months. For the quarter, the CPI rose by 1.8% which was 0.1% lower then what analysts expected the figure to be. This was also lower then the 2.1% jump seen in the previous March quarter. The most significant contributors to the increase were n...

July 27, 2022
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Preview: the Bank of Canada rate decision

One of the must-watch economic events this week will be the Bank of Canada interest rate decision. The rate decision is due to be announced at 15:00 PM London time on Wednesday. Why is the announcement important? A bank interest rate is a rate at which a country's central bank lends money to local banks. The interest rate is charged by the nat...

January 19, 2021
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Interest Rates: Ultra Low, Near Zero or Negative?

In a pandemic-induced environment, central banks and governments have absorbed all the shocks of the virus on the financial markets by injecting massive liquidity in the economy, keeping credit flowing and supporting the global economy with huge fiscal stimulus plans to manage an unparalleled health and economic crisis. Governments and Central ...

September 22, 2020
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A Cautious Fed

A Cautious Fed FOMC Meeting Investors were eagerly looking forward to the Fed’s statement and forecasts for clues on how the Fed is viewing the health of the economy after easing lockdown measures. Global central banks have played a crucial part in absorbing the pandemic-induced shocks in the global economy. Together with huge fiscal intervent...

June 11, 2020
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Eyes on the Fed and the Dot Plots

Global central banks have been a crucial part in providing aid and support to the global economy during the coronavirus pandemic. Faced with an unprecedented crisis, central bankers have rapidly deployed various monetary tools to keep credit flowing and support businesses and households. Given that interest rates were somewhat already at record-...

June 10, 2020
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2019 in a Nutshell and the Transition to a New Decade

If we could describe the year 2019 in one word, we believe uncertainty says it all. The world entered 2019 with a high level of ambiguity and is poised to finish the year with the same extent of uncertainties. The Global Economic Policy Uncertainty Index which is a GDP-weighted average of national EPU indices for 20 countries has remained in elevat...

December 20, 2019
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Fed in Focus – US Repo and Funds Rate

Fed in Focus - US Repo and Funds Rate  During the week, it was all about the Repo market. A Repurchase Agreement known as Repo is a form of short-term borrowing for dealers in government securities. The Repo market plays a key role in supporting liquidity in the financial markets. It facilitates the flow of cash and securities around the financi...

September 18, 2019
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ECB: Draghi’s Last Call for A Significant Degree of Monetary Stimulus

Central banks of major economies like the US, UK and Japan turned to quantitative easing (QE) at a time where they were unable to push interest rates any lower. The European Central Bank (ECB) launched its first large scale of asset purchases in 2015 and was among the latest central bank to join the QE bandwagon. How QE works The ECB adopted the...

September 11, 2019
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