Finance advice

August rate cut unlikely

By Jessica Darnbrough

While weak inflation figures have given the Reserve Bank room to cut the cash rate again this month, industry stakeholders believe the Board will opt to keep its powder dry.

In the 12 months to June, the inflation rate hit a 13-year low of 1.2 per cent – down from 1.6 per cent in the year to March.

Despite this, RP Data’s Cameron Kusher believes the Reserve Bank will still opt to err on the side of caution and leave rates on hold for another month.

Speaking to The Adviser, Mr Kusher said the Australian economy had been performing relatively well over the last four weeks, giving the Reserve Bank reason to hold fire on another rate cut.

“The Reserve Bank definitely has scope to cut rates if they so wish given the lower than expected inflation rate. That said, given that there has been improvement in home values over the last couple of months, and the economic data recorded over the last four weeks has significantly improved on the four weeks prior to that, I think the Reserve Bank will be happy to sit this one out and see if the cash rate cuts they have made to date continue to inject a bit more confidence into the market,” Mr Kusher said.

Mr Kusher’s sentiments were largely echoed by HSBC chief economist Paul Bloxham who said the inflation figures were broadly in line with expectations and would not be a hurdle for more rate reductions by the RBA.

"It certainly looks as if the RBA has room to move if it has to, but we also know they seem to have a bit of patience at the moment,'' he said.

"The timing of the next move will depend a lot on what happens globally.”

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More than just bricks and mortar, experts often regard property investment as a ‘game of finance’. As such, a good finance strategy can lead any investor to success.

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Why buying new property doesn’t mean buying better property

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