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Australia: Decent economic data all around – TDS

Analysts at TD Securities point out that the Australian economy has witnessed a decent suite of price and activity data reports.

Key Quotes

“The most significant event of 2018 was the slide in house prices, a phenomenon that was deliberately engineered by financial regulators, not monetary policy. Now that 2019 is an election year, the negative impact on wealth and possibly consumer spending has become top of the mind for the government, not just the RBA.”

“In the meantime, significant infrastructure spending and strong trade flows combined are contributing up to 2%pts to annual GDP growth. The consumer only needs to add another 1%pt to achieve above-trend growth.”

“We are of the view that OIS at 50% priced for a cut by November is overdone. However, the markets will not unwind this pessimism until it is confirmed that core inflation is on track at 1¾%/y and wages growth continues to tick higher.”

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