Blooming RBA views

There’s currently a wide variety of RBA views in the Bloomberg survey — the widest i’ve seen in some time. The spread for the year end forecast is ~150bps (minimum at 2% and maximum is 3.5%).

Feb13

Mar13

EndQ213_RBA

EndQ313_RBA

EndQ413_RBA

This may seem like a large spread, but real 90% confidence intervals are ~400bps for 1yr ahead cash rate calls … the Riksbank is as good as anyone at this stuff (i would wager that their forecasting attempts are a little more serious than your average bank economist’s), and that’s what they get.

Riksbank_Q412

There just isn’t really much difference between a 2.5% call and 3.0% call for 1yr ahead.

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3 Responses to Blooming RBA views

  1. ssec says:

    I thought they would not cut in Feb, but then we saw the unemployment situation clearly worsening, CPI still benign and govt still on “austerity” mode. I now think they will cut in Feb since there was no Jan cut. Then a pause next month. Housing is still not responding to cuts, the only positive data since last meeting is the global mood and iron ore, but it’s not enough IMO. Dollar still a drag.

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