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RBA reveals June cash call

  • June 02 2020
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RBA reveals June cash call

By Cameron Micallef
June 02 2020

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has announced its decision on the official cash rate for June amid speculation the central bank will hold rates despite the fallout from COVID-19.

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RBA reveals June cash call

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  • June 02 2020
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The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has announced its decision on the official cash rate for June amid speculation the central bank will hold rates despite the fallout from COVID-19.

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The central bank acted as most economists predicted, holding the cash rate at 0.25 per cent, having previously stated it was the lower bound for Australian rates.

Bendigo and Adelaide Banks head of economics and market research David Robertson believes traditional monetary policy has run its course.

"No further cuts needed – we are on our effective floor for interest rates. The next increase is several years away when employment reverts to pre COVID-19 levels," he noted.

What’s next for the cash rate?

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According to AMP Capital’s chief economist Dr Shane Oliver Australians should get use to a historic low cash rate for longer, with it likely to take time before the central bank can move again on interest rates.

“The cash rate is already at the RBA’s effective lower bound and Governor Lowe has reiterated that negative interest rates are “extraordinarily unlikely” so, rates won’t be cut.”

“But with the economy taking a big hit from the coronavirus shutdown, economic activity has fallen well below potential, and this will take a long time to fully reverse which means high unemployment and low inflation for several years to come so the RBA can’t raise rates.”

“We don’t expect the cash rate to start increasing again for three years at least," Dr Oliver said.

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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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