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.
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.
For the past 30 years or so, the RBA has targeted an inflation rate of 2-3%. But the rationale for a rate that low was always weak, and has since broken down.
The best way to manage the economy is though an array of tools. Interest rates are just one.
Inflation is well outside the Reserve Bank’s target band and higher than it has been for two decades.
Australia’s Reserve Bank no longer says it is patient, but it is unlikely to move move until it sees widespread higher wage growth.
Beware any advice to go either fixed or variable. You are unlikely to outsmart the bank.
The Conversation’s expert panel predicts prices will rise faster than Australians’ pay can keep up in 2022 – and that’s not their only concern about the local economy.
The 55 leading economists surveyed by the Economic Society see few signs of Australia aping the US, where inflation has surged to its highest level in 30 years.
In its quarterly statement on the economy the Bank is at pains to suggest it won’t be lifting interest rates quickly.
The Reserve Bank has limitless access to Australian dollars and a reputation to protect.
There’s more to that Coronavirus. Even before it, businesses weren’t keen to invest.
The Conversation’s 2020 economic survey points to a dismal year, with no progress on many of the key measures that matter for Australians and an increase in the unemployment rate.
Treasury Secretary Steven Kennedy says its up to the Reserve Bank to boost the economy. In normal times, that’s not his job.
Evidence for the prime minister’s contention that the banks are “profiteering” is thin on the ground.
The Reserve Bank’s best case scenario is that its forecasts are wrong.
The Reserve Bank has cut the official interest rate to a new low of 1%, reflecting continuing concern over the slow economy.
By himself, Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe may not be able to keep us out of recession.