One per cent rate cut on the way

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Flat retail sales in November could spur the Reserve Bank to cut rates as soon as February. HSBC’s chief economist Paul Bloxham said Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showing retail turnover was up only slightly to $20.933 billion for November and would give focus to the Reserve’s next interest rate decisions. “We expect further RBA cuts in the first quarter of this year,” he said. “With rates now slightly below neutral and further rate cuts expected in the first quarter, we expect some improvement in the retail sector this year.” Futures markets are betting there will be a big fall in interest rates – 100 basis points – to a low of 3.25 per cent by August. Source: Herald Sunlast_img

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