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RBA on hold, keeps tightening bias

RBA kept its cash rate target at 4.10%, retaining a hawkish bias. The bank noted, “Some further tightening of monetary policy may be required to ensure that inflation returns to target in a reasonable timeframe.” However, RBA underscored that any future decision will be data-dependent and based on an “evolving assessment of risks.”

Explaining the decision to hold rates, RBA stated that “higher interest rates are working to establish a more sustainable balance between supply and demand in the economy and will continue to do so.” Amidst “uncertainty” surrounding the economic outlook, maintaining the current rate provides “further time” to assess the impact of previous hikes.

While the central bank anticipates recent data to be “consistent” with an inflation return to its 2-3% target over the forecast horizon, it warned of “significant uncertainties”.

RBA expressed concerns about the surprising persistence of services price inflation overseas, which could potentially reflect in Australia. Additionally, it mentioned uncertainties about “how firms’ pricing decisions and wages will respond to the slowing in the economy at a time when the labour market remains tight.” Also, it stated that “the outlook for household consumption is also an ongoing source of uncertainty.”

Full RBA statement here.

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