Daily Archives: August 30, 2019

Is QE on the cards from the Reserve Bank of Australia? (Daniel Johnson)

Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast

The Australian economy has suffered of late with a drop in house prices, increased unemployment and a cut in interest rates to a record low of 1%. Australia is heavily reliant on China purchasing its goods and due to this the US/China trade war is having an impact on the Australian Dollar.

China is in the midst of its slowest economic expansion in thirty years and the Chinese Yuan continues to drop in value posting a fresh 11 year low on Monday. Dr Adam Triggs of the Australian National University’s Asian Bureau of Economic Research points to the Trade War as a huge contributor to the Australian economy’s recent stalling “We trade a lot more than most countries and we rely on foreign money for investment, so when you start to get international turbulence we feel that a lot more than others.”

The  concerns around the Chinese economy and its drop in demand for Australian goods and services has meant that the Pound has managed to regain a footing above 1.80 on interbank despite the Brexit chaos Boris Johnson has been inflicting since taking over as Prime Minister.

As Australians interest rates follow the global trend of cuts there has been much speculation over the Reserve Bank of Australia’s, (RBA) next step in efforts to stimulate economy. For some time Westpac has led calls for the Reserve Bank to consider a further cut to 0.5% while Deutsche Bank says it expects the cash rate to drop to just 0.25% by as early as the end of this year. However, Philip Lowe the governor of the RBA has ignited a debate over whether Quantitative Easing (QE) would be the next step for the RBA. QE is essentially pumping money into an economy in order to stimulate growth. It is a controversial monetary policy as historically results have been mixed, it is far from a proven method and can also put the country in question in huge levels of debt. In the face of an economic crisis when he commented “we are prepared to do unconventional things if the economy warranted it” when questioned in Parliament.

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