RBA Interest Rate Forecast vital to AUD value (Daniel Johnson)

AUD to GBP Lower as Sterling Recovery Hopes Build

NAB predict Rate Hike as early as August

The National Australia Bank (NAB) has a very optimistic forecast in regards to rate hikes by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). They are a minority. They are of the opinion we could see an interest rate hike by 0.25 basus points as early as August.

“The RBA has indicated that it is in no rush to raise rates in lock-step with global central bank counterparts. However, lower unemployment, and evidence of wages growth moving upwards — even gradually — should be enough to give the RBA confidence that inflation will eventually lift above the bottom of the band,” said Alan Oster, NAB Chief Economist.

“We continue to forecast two 25 basis point rate hikes in August and November, although acknowledge the risks are that these hikes could be delayed.”
Oster attached a couple of warnings which could change the RBA’s decision, noting that a slowing in household credit and house prices due to macro-prudential measures implemented by APRA “may help alleviate some concerns about household debt”.He continued “higher AUD may also threaten this outlook although our revised forecasts are for the currency to be 75 US cents by year end”.

Personally I do not share his view. I think a hike by August is very optimistic and economic data is not consistent enough to warrant a hike . Inflation is some way from where it needs to be and there is no reason to suggest there will be a rapid rise between now and August. This a viewpoint shared by the man that counts. RBA Governor, Philip Lowe who recently stated the following.

“further progress in reducing unemployment and having inflation return to the midpoint of the target range”, adding that it was “likely that the next move in interest rates in Australia will be up, not down”.

He also said “while we do expect steady progress, that progress is likely to be only gradual.

The general consensus is there will not be a rate hike until at least early 2019.

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