The Reserve Bank of Australia has left interest rates unchanged for the eighth consecutive month.
At its board meeting today, the RBA left the cash rate at 2.5%. The rate was last changed in August last year.
The Reserve’s Governor, Glenn Stevens, said rates were unlikely to change in the near future: “In the Board’s judgement, monetary policy is appropriately configured to foster sustainable growth in demand and inflation outcomes consistent with the target. On present indications, the most prudent course is likely to be a period of stability in interest rates.”
Statement from the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Glenn Stevens.
Statement by Glenn Stevens, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision
At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.5 per cent.
Growth in the global economy was a bit below trend in 2013, but there are reasonable prospects of a pick-up this year. The United States economy, while affected by adverse weather, continues its expansion and the euro area has begun a recovery from recession, albeit a fragile one. Japan has recorded a significant pick-up in growth. China’s growth remains generally in line with policymakers’ objectives, though it may have slowed a little in early 2014. Commodity prices have declined from their peaks but in historical terms remain high. [Read more...]