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Breaking News: RBA Cut Rates To Historical Low of 0.50% Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Posted by Fullerton Markets on March 3, 2020 at 6:41 PM


RBA’s statement has made it clear that they are ready to continue their easing cycle if the COVID-19 situation does not improve. Short AUD/JPY?

  • RBA slashed rates earlier this morning from 0.75% to a historical low of 0.50%.
  • They mentioned that the COVID-19 outbreak has a significant effect on the Australian economy and according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), it could wipe at least 0.5% from Australia’s economic growth this year.
  • The move to cut rates further was to support an already weak Australian economy amid a housing downturn.
  • Governor Lowe concluded in his statements that RBA is ready to ease further if the situation continues to worsen.
  • However, Lowe remained optimistic that the Australian economy could rebound once the outbreak is under control.
  • In our opinion, we feel that the spread of the outbreak has just started in Europe and more new cases are reported in the US every day.
  • Having said that, we feel that RBA may ease further by cutting rates further to 0.25% in the upcoming meeting even if fiscal support is provided.
  • AUD/JPY could fall lower towards 69.40 after price broke a critical uptrend support.


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