RBA's Lowe: Australia unlikely to get to the point where it needs QE

Author: Justin Low | Category: Central Banks

Comments by RBA governor, Philip Lowe, in Sydney

Comments by RBA governor, Philip Lowe, in Sydney
  • QE would only be considered should cash rate reach 0.25%
  • QE is "not on our agenda" at this point
  • There may come a point when QE would help but I "don't expect us to get there"
  • Still expects economy to move in the right direction, albeit gradually
  • Need evidence that economy is moving away from employment, inflation goals
  • Then only RBA would consider buying bonds as QE measure

He's pouring a bit of cold water on the whole need for unconventional monetary policy as he argues that he is less convinced that they have worked in the past, noting that "the jury is still out" and that negative rates in Australia are "extraordinarily unlikely".

His full speech can be found here. The aussie has gained on the headlines here with AUD/USD rising to a session high of 0.6795 before settling around 0.6785 currently.

That said, all this talk is merely conjecture for now. We are still miles and miles away before even reaching the point of seriously debating these measures to be fair.

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