RATES TO STAY

RATES TO STAY

THE Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has made an unexpected move to leave interest rates unchanged today at 3.75 per cent.

RBA governor Glenn Stephens says the decision was made because lenders have been charging above the cash rate and the effects are still uncertain.

“Lenders have generally raised rates a little more than the cash rate over recent months and most loan rates have risen by close to a percentage point,” says Stephens.

“Since information about the early impact of those changes is still limited, the board judged it appropriate to hold a steady setting of monetary policy for the time being.”

But in his statement issued today Stephens hinted at further rate rises if the economy continues to recover as expected, as interest rates to most borrowers are still lower than average.

“If economic conditions evolve broadly as expected, the Board considers it likely that monetary policy will, over time, need to be adjusted further in order to ensure that inflation remains consistent with the target over the medium term.”

Suncorp Bank executive manager Tim Buckett says if the economy continues to strengthen the RBA will likely move rates back to normalised levels over the next six to eight months.

“The low rates seen throughout 2008-09 during the economic crisis were simply not sustainable in the long-term for Australia,” he says.

Help us deliver quality journalism to you.
As a free and independent news site providing daily updates
during a period of unprecedented challenges for businesses everywhere
we call on your support

Crypto staking: a new way to earn passive income
Partner Content
You may be familiar with traditional ways of earning passive income such as trading sto...
Etoro
Advertisement

Related Stories

Woolworths adds controlling stake in MyDeal to cart for $218 million

Woolworths adds controlling stake in MyDeal to cart for $218 million

Woolworths (ASX: WOW) is looking to enhance its online marketplace ...

Bendigo-based Apiam Animal Health saddles up with $13.8m acquisitions

Bendigo-based Apiam Animal Health saddles up with $13.8m acquisitions

Vet services business Apiam Animal Health (ASX: AHX) has gone ...

Scrap metal recycler Sims picks up Brisbane port site for $88 million

Scrap metal recycler Sims picks up Brisbane port site for $88 million

In order to acquire one of the few remaining Brisbane sites with de...

“No one plans for these things”: Metricon acting CEO denies crisis rumours following founder’s death

“No one plans for these things”: Metricon acting CEO denies crisis rumours following founder’s death

Just days after the sudden and unexpected death of Metricon founder...