RBA announces cash rate decision

by Julia Corderoy05 Apr 2016

A stabilising economy has seen the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) leave the cash rate on hold at 2% today.

Thirty-four of 35 leading economists and analysts (97%) in the finder.com.au Reserve Bank Survey expected the cash rate to remain steady at 2% today.

John Flavell, the chief executive of Mortgage Choice says recent positive economic data would have pleased the RBA board and influenced its decision to keep the official interest rate on hold.

“The Australian economy is tracking along quite well at present. Property prices across the combined capital cities continue to rise slightly month on month, unemployment remains relatively stable as does both consumer and business sentiment.

“With that said, it was all but certain that the Reserve Bank of Australia would choose to leave the official cash on hold.” 

Moving forward, Flavell said he expects the cash rate to stay steady for some time.

“Indeed, all of the data points would strongly suggest there is no trigger for a rate cut or rate hike. And, while several economists were predicting a May rate cut at the beginning of the year, this now seems unlikely.”