Interest rates are almost certain to rise again in February, after the latest Consumer Price Index figures showing inflation hitting a record high of 7.8% in 2022.
The full effects of the eight consecutive increases in the Reserve Bank’s cash rate are yet to become apparent, and there are signs inflation is on the way down.
Lowe and the Reserve Bank are pushing up interest rates at almost the fastest pace on record to get the economy back in balance. It’s tough. But it has been done before – and here’s how it worked.
For homebuyers, there’s no interest rate relief in sight just yet. Here’s why.
At the right moment, Australia’s Reserve Bank would be wise to stop taking its lead from the US – holding interest rates here steady, even if they’re still rising overseas.
How could a central bank even make a loss, when its job is printing money? The answer is that during the COVID crisis it turned traditional investment advice on its head – and here’s why.
It costs just 20 cents to make a $2 coin, and 32 cents to make a $100 note, but eventually the money making is going to stop.
Rulers have used portraits on coinage to celebrate and reinforce their rule for centuries.
So far, we are not getting carried away about inflation.
Never, in the three decades the Reserve Bank has been targeting inflation, has it been tested by prices rising in unison like this.
The review will examine the bank’s Act, its inflation target, its management and recruitment process and the composition of its board.
The Reserve Bank of Australia has delivered a ‘double-whammy’ interest rate rise, with up to five more to come in 2022.
Dark warnings about rising labour costs ignore the importance of profits in driving higher prices.
Looking back at the Reserve Bank’s performance in setting interest rates over the past generation, we’d grade it an A for earlier years – but a fail for the years just before the pandemic. Here’s why.
Critics ought to acknowledge that on average over time Australia’s Reserve Bank has met its inflation target, but it is worthwhile examining the way it is run.
If financial markets are to be believed, you’ll be paying $1,000 a month more on a $500,000 mortgage by the end of next year. But I don’t think interest rates will go that high – here’s why.
The independent review of the Reserve Bank should be headed by someone from outside the country say 12 leading economists in an open letter to the treasurer.
Some foreign officials promoting central bank digital currencies want to be able to track and limit transactions in real time.
Governor Philip Lowe says it is “not unreasonable” to expect the cash rate to climb to 2.5%. That’s an extra $600 to service a $500,000 mortgage.
Why raise rates now, for the first time in more than a decade? If the Reserve Bank isn’t careful, too many more rate hikes like this might help bring on a recession.