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RBA to sit tight until well into 2018 – TDS

The RBA left the cash rate at 1.5%, surprising no-one and the tone was less cautious, using ‘uncertainty’ once, and tied to household consumption, explains the research team at TDS.

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“An addition was “employers are finding it more difficult to hire [skilled] workers”. Wages to rise further in 2018? TD thinks so.”

“Ahead of the RBA, the AUD had surged to $US0.7646 on upbeat retail sales (Oct +0.5%/mth and Sep upgraded to +0.1%/mth). More prints like this and the RBA’s perceived downside risk to activity is eliminated.”

“In contrast, trade and govt spending disappointed, and our final Q3 GDP estimate is +0.5%/qtr or 2.8%/yr, although in line with the RBA’s present thinking. We never know ~25% of GDP (‘other’ consumption) heading into the release, so there is always the risk of a surprise tomorrow, in either direction.”

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