RBA leaves the cash rate on hold
Earlier this afternoon the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) board decided to leave the cash rate on hold, at a record low of just 1.50%, yet again.
The RBA noted:
- Business confidence is above average
- Australia’s economy is benefiting from a rise in commodity prices
- Inflation remains low
- Wage growth remains slow
In relation to housing, the RBA comments were similar to last month’s statement. The April press statement read “conditions in the housing market continue to vary considerably around the country. In some markets, conditions are strong and prices are rising briskly. In other markets, prices are declining. In the eastern capital cities, a considerable additional supply of apartments is scheduled to come on stream over the next couple of years. Growth in rents is the slowest for two decades”.
Growth in household borrowing, largely to purchase housing, continues to outpace growth in household income. By reinforcing strong lending standards, the recently announced supervisory measures should help address the risks associated with high and rising levels of indebtedness. Lenders need to ensure that the serviceability metrics that they use are appropriate for current conditions. A reduced reliance on interest-only housing loans in the Australian market would also be a positive development”.
The next RBA board meeting will be on the 2nd of May.
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I want to know more about the RBA decision
To read the full RBA statement from the April board meeting please click here.
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