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RBA minutes: wage growth remained subdued


Tuesday, 20 February 2018 08:38 WIB

RBAEkonomi Australia


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Minutes of the monetary policy meeting of the Reserve Bank of Australia board were released, and as widely expected, this was a non-market event considering how much has already been said from various officials over the last couple of week's and since the previous RBA meeting.

Key statements as follows:

Low rates helping reduce unemployment, lift inflation.

Further progress on inflation likely to be only gradual.

RBA repeats rising a$ would impede pick up in economic growth, inflation.

A$ TWI still within narrow range of past couple of years.

Underlying inflation is seen rising gradually to 2.25 pct by mid-2020.

Strong price competition in the retail sector expected to last for few years yet.

Wage growth remained subdued despite strong employment, recent deals to weigh on.

Pick up in household incomes needed to support consumption, risks to the downside.

Tighter mortgage lending rules had helped contain housing risks.

High household debt levels still warranted careful attention.

Housing market conditions had generally eased, especially in Sydney.

Global growth could continue to surprise on the upside given synchronised upturn.

Global financial conditions accommodative despite recent volatility in equity markets.

Source: FXstreet


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