Reserve Bank of Australia policy meeting on Tuesday 2 August – preview

  • The RBA meets on Tuesday and is expected to deliver another 50bp hike , taking the cash rate to 1.85% and its highest since April 2016.
  • A 50bp hike is the overwhelming consensus (22 of 23 analysts surveyed) and 47bp is currently priced by markets.
  • The possibility of a larger hike of >50bps though cannot be entirely ruled out.

NAB add a heads up to the RBA’s Statement on Monetary Policy due Friday (August 5):

  • A full forecast update comes Friday in the August SoMP. The RBA will have to lift its inflation profile and lower its near-term unemployment projection with the focus on whether the forecasts show a credible path back to at target inflation.

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