RBA leaves cash rate on hold at March meeting

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%. It was the second RBA board meeting for 2017.

Source: RBA

Source: RBA

The RBA noted:

  • Consumer and business confidence have ‘picked up’
  • Inflation remains low
  • Wage growth remains low

In relation to housing, the RBA comments were similar to last month’s statement. The March press statement read “conditions in the housing market 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. Borrowing for housing by investors has picked up over recent months. Supervisory measures have contributed to some strengthening of lending standards”.

The next RBA board meeting will be on the 4th of April.

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To read the full RBA statement from the March board meeting please click here.

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