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No means no! (RBA edition)

Say you were the Governor of an inflation targeting central bank and wanted to communicate to the world that you were not about to raise rates — what would you do? How about forecast that inflation remains outside of your control … Continue reading

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RBA is wrong on inflation (again)

Q3 CPI has printed, but it is the same old story — the RBA is wrong on inflation.   They are in good company.  Pretty much every central bank has chronically over-estimated inflation over the past few years.  If it were … Continue reading

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Are cuts back on the table?

RBA watcher James Glynn pushed the Aussie dollar and bond yields down on Friday with the explosive story RBA not ruling out rate cut.  This impacted the market as hikes are priced for 2018 and consensus has it that Gov … Continue reading

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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 58,000 times in 2013. If it were a … Continue reading

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Unrepresentative Swill

Like most Australians, I have in recent times voted above the line in the senate — after all the ballots don’t even fit in the booths anymore. From time to time I even shopped the vote about a little – … Continue reading

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blog holiday

I am taking a blog-holiday … I don’t expect to post much over the next few weeks. Should be back to normal service mid July.

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April jobs? … best in a while

The April employment report has led the the predictable ‘we was robbed’ response from many of those who got the May meeting wrong. I got the April RBA meeting wrong too, but you won’t read that assessment below. Rather, i … Continue reading

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Federal ALP wipes itself out

I am a big fan of Mark the graph’s blogs (both his election blog and his currently ‘paused’ economics blog). I have been watching his work to gauge the impact of the ALP’s odd leadership non-contest. There is probably enough … Continue reading

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March RBA – watch the tone

The March RBA meeting has the feel of a ‘dead rubber’, with only 3.5bps of easing priced (a 14% chance) and a sense that there needs to be a big shift in either direction for the RBA to move from … Continue reading

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The WSJ’s Jon Hilsenrath has an amusing note in which he plays Bernanke’s Babel-fish. You can read Jon’s note, or the speech for what Bernanke said. I’ve only left in what Jon says Bernanke meant – for that’s the message … Continue reading

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