Reserve Bank of New Zealand Raised Rate 25 Basis Points as Expected

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand raised its Official Cash Rate from 0.50% to 0.75% as expected as capacity pressures have continued to tighten. RBNZ says headline CPI inflation is expected to measure above 5 percent. Reserve Bank of New Zealand raise its Official Cash Rate from 0.50% to 0.75% The rise in the official cash rate comes after last month’s which was the first since 2014 when the OCR hit a post-GFC peak of 3.5 per cent. RBNZ projections … Continue reading “Reserve Bank of New Zealand Raised Rate 25 Basis Points as Expected”

RBA Says Underlying Inflation at 2.5% Mid-Point Would Not Warrant Rate Rise

Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Lowe in giving a speech after today’s release of the RBA November meeting minutes addressed what it would require for a rate rise in Australia. He spoke of varying inflation degrees and the difference domestically and globally.   Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Lowe speech:  Recent Trends in Inflation  Address to the Australian Business Economists (ABE)Online and Sydney – 16 November 2021  Speech Headlines via Reuters  Latest data, forecasts do not warrant a rate rise in 2022 Economy, … Continue reading “RBA Says Underlying Inflation at 2.5% Mid-Point Would Not Warrant Rate Rise”

Australian Employment Hit by Reopening of Victoria and NSW

Australia saw much weaker than expected employment as the reopening of the country after the Covid Lockdown was not captured in the report.   Unemployment rose to 5.2% from 4.8% expected. An even bigger miss in employment change, losing -46.3K jobs versus an expected 50K gain and prior -138K October Jobs Highlights Employment Change: -46.3K for an ugly miss indeed expected 50K, prior -138K Unemployment Rate: 5.2% expected 4.8%, prior 4.6% Full-Time Employment Change: -40.4K prior was 26.7K Part-Time Employment … Continue reading “Australian Employment Hit by Reopening of Victoria and NSW”

RBA Keep Rates At Record Low 0.10% Ends April 2024 Aussie Bond 0.1% target

The Reserve Bank of Australia held interest rates at an all time low on Tuesday to just 0.1% as widely expected. The RBA discontinued the target of 10bp for April 2024 Australian Government bond after 10-year Auusie bonds broke over 2% for first time since March 2019.

Fitch Expects Immigration Loss Due To Covid Lockdown To Weigh on Australia’s Growth

Australia growth pre-pandemic was one of the strongest in the developed world. The rapid rise in the working age population with fast net immigration accounting for over half of the expansion helped fuel the strength. Fitch believes the Covid Lockdown to weigh on the recovery GDP in the medium term.

Rio Tinto Lowers 2021 Iron Ore Shipments Forecast on Tight Western Australian Labor Market

Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Group (RIO) on Friday reduced its 2021 Pilbara iron ore shipments forecast as the COVID lockdowns, Supply crunch were further hampered by a tighter labour market in Western Australia. These have all led to a delay of the completion of a new greenfield mine at Gudai-Darri.

Rio Tinto Delays First Production From Oyu Tolgoi Copper Mine in Mongolia

Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Group(RIO)on Friday announced it is delaying first production for the Oyu Tolgoi copper mine in Mongolia by three months to January 2023. $RIO is developing the mine with Canada’s Turquoise Hill Resources (TRQ.TO) in a joint venture.

Reserve Bank of New Zealand Raised Rate 25 Basis Points With Cost Pressures More Persistent

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand raised its Official Cash Rate from 0.25% to 0.5% as expected. Despite the persistent Delta variant outbreak expectations cost pressures are becoming more persistent. The move follows Mexico and Brazil Raising Rates.

Europe Postpones Free Trade Agreement Negotiations with Australia

The European Union has postponed the next round of negotiations for a free trade agreement with Australia for a month. The move clearly is in retribution for the cancellation of the French $90 billion submarine contract.