Reserve Bank of Australia Cash Rate
Event Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Event Time: 04:30 CET
Updated Wednesday, April 28, 2021
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is expected to cut rates to 0.75%. It has kept the rates unchanged for a couple of months, after two 25bp cuts this year already. The attention will shift to the RBA statement which will be released at the same time as the interest rate decision. The RBA was expected to cut interest rates in the May meeting but they left them unchanged, although they cut them in June by 25 bps. The RBA did so again in the July meeting, bringing them to 1.00%. Although, they let markets know that they will follow the FED, who cut rates in the last two meetings. The RBA did the same and cut rates to 0.75% in September but are expected to keep them unchanged now. RBA governor Lowe said that rate cuts are showing effects in the economy, but they cut rates twice in March, bringing them to 0.25%. I don't think they will cut them again this time, because Australia was tackling coronavirus well. But Victoria is issuing more lock-down orders, which won't help the economic sentiment. Although, the RBA sounded more optimistic in the last meeting which sent the AUD higher, so let's see how they will sound this time. Please follow us for live coverage of this event and the impact it might have on the currency.
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About Reserve Bank of Australia Cash Rate
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) discloses its monetary policy decisions on a monthly basis, February through December. Any adjustments made to the cash rate, also known as the overnight money market interest rate, have the potential to impact the Australian dollar (AUD) significantly.The decision to either raise or lower the cash rate is crafted by the RBA’s Reserve Bank Board. After each meeting, an announcement is made to the public regarding any changes to the cash rate. The new lending rates to go into effect the next day.Short-term cash rates are extremely important to valuations of the AUD. Rising rates are viewed as bullish for the AUD, while falling rates are bearish.