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Last rate day of the year revealed

  • December 01 2020
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Last rate day of the year revealed

By Cameron Micallef
December 01 2020

The Reserve Bank of Australia has announced its decision on the official interest rate for December, following predictions of a hold.

Last rate day of the year revealed

Last rate day of the year revealed

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  • December 01 2020
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The Reserve Bank of Australia has announced its decision on the official interest rate for December, following predictions of a hold.

Last rate day of the year revealed

Having cut rates to a record-low 0.10 per cent in November, the RBA has acted as many economists predicted holding the cash rate for December.

Prior to the announcement, Wealth Within chief analyst Dale Gillham believed the Australian economy was in a stronger position than many expected, despite the first recession in nearly three decades.

“Things are not as bad as they could be, and so the recession is likely to be short-lived and so interest rates are unlikely to fall further,” he said.

“The release of figures around retail spending and GDP in this second quarter will be an indication as to whether rates will rise in 2021 or remain at current levels. If retail spending is strong, then a movement in rates will occur earlier rather than later.”

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Harley Dale, chief economist at CreditorWatch, agreed with Mr Gillham, believing the RBA has reacted as many expected. 

“The RBA fired its last interest rate bullet in November, taking the official cash rate (OCR) to a barely positive rate of 0.1 per cent,” Mr Dale explained.

“The RBA is pleased with the substantial stimulus that the federal and state governments have provided. The combination of super low interest rates and hefty fiscal policy has created the defensive line Australia required in 2020 to avoid the chronic impact that COVID-19 is having in Europe and the United States.”

What’s happening next?

Economists are predicting that the RBA will hold the record-low interest rate for longer, with the central bank unlikely to reach it’s inflation targets over the short term.

“Given that the cash rate is already at 0.1 per cent and the RBA does not want to take it negative, the next move is likely to be a hike.” 

“But given the high level of spare capacity in the economy, inflation is unlikely to meet the RBA’s conditions for a hike of being sustainably within the 2-3 per cent target range for another three years or so. As a result, the first rate hike is unlikely until sometime in 2024,” AMP chief economist Dr Shane Oliver concluded.

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Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

About the author

Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

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