Reserve Bank leaves the cash rate at a record low 1.50%

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% during the July board meeting.

Source: RBA

Source: RBA

RBA Governor Philip Lowe noted the following in the official media statement:

  • Economy: “GDP growth slowed in the March quarter, partly reflecting temporary factors. The Australian economy is expected to strengthen gradually, with the transition to lower levels of mining investment following the mining investment boom also complete”.
  • Employment: “Employment growth has been strong over recent months. The various forward-looking indicators point to continued growth in employment over the period ahead. Wage growth remains low and this is likely to continue for a while yet”.

In relation to housing, the RBA comments were similar to last month’s statement. Today’s media statement read “conditions in the housing market vary considerably around the country. Housing prices have been rising briskly in some markets, although there are some signs that these conditions are starting to ease. In some 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. Rent increases are the slowest for two decades. Growth in housing debt has outpaced the slow growth in household incomes. The recent supervisory measures should help address the risks associated with high and rising levels of household indebtedness. Lenders have also announced increases in mortgage rates for investor and interest-only loans”.

The next RBA board meeting will be on Tuesday the 1st of August.

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

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