Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA)

RBA hikes OCR by 50 bps, flags more tightening ahead


RBA: 50 bps hike it is for August – TDS

Analysts at TD Securities (TDS) change their call on the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) rate hike decision for its August meeting. "We had forecast a 75bps RBA hike at next week's meeting. We now expect the Bank to hike 50bps at the meeting", noted.

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RBA raises OCR by 50 bps to 1.85%, AUD/USD drops

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) board members decided to increase the official cash rate (OCR) by 50 basis points (bps) from 1.35% to 1.85% at its August 2 monetary policy meeting. The central bank said the hike was a further step in the "normalization" of policy, dropping a previous reference to removing "extraordinary" stimulus in its policy statement.

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RBA raises OCR by 50 bps to 0.85%, AUD/USD spikes towards 0.7250

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) board members announced a 50 basis points (bps) hike to its official cash rate (OCR), lifting it from 0.35% to 0.85% at their June 7 monetary policy meeting. The RBA surprised markets once again to the upside, as they had priced in a 25 bps lift-off.

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What is the RBA?

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is Australia's central bank and derives its functions and powers from the Reserve Bank Act 1959. Its duty is to contribute to the stability of the currency, full employment, and the economic prosperity and welfare of the Australian people. It does this by setting the cash rate to meet an agreed medium-term inflation target, working to maintain a strong financial system and efficient payments system, and issuing the nation's banknotes.

The RBA provides certain banking services as required to the Australian Government and its agencies, and to a number of overseas central banks and official institutions. Additionally, it manages Australia's gold and foreign exchange reserves.

Who is RBA's president?

Philip Lowe is an Australian economist, born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. He is the current Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, having succeeded Glenn Stevens on 18 September 2016. He was previously deputy governor under Stevens from 2012.

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