With the bushfires and coronavirus continuing to weigh on Australia’s domestic growth, RBA may be forced to cut rates next month. Short AUD/JPY?

  • RBA Governor Lowe kept rates unchanged at 0.75% for the first meeting of 2020 as widely expected.
  • The main reason for the neutral stance was due to Australia’s stronger labour data and property market.
  • Australia is suffering from a slowing Chinese economy, as a result of the travel ban and reduction in domestic demand due to the coronavirus outbreak. This is especially aggravating given that China is Australia’s biggest trading partner.
  • Governor Lowe said: “With interest rates having already been reduced to a very low level and recognizing the long and variable lags in the transmission of monetary policy, the board decided to hold the cash rate steady.”
  • The odds of a rate cut might start to increase as the coronavirus epidemic continues to worsen.
  • Governor Lowe will be speaking at the National Press Club on Wednesday, followed by three hours of parliamentary testimony on Friday, when RBA’s updated quarterly forecasts will be released.
  • We believe that RBA may be forced to cut rates further if the situation worsens.
  • AUD/JPY could slide lower towards 71.20 after price broke the channel support, and is looking to retest the broken support turn resistance.

    Breaking News: RBA Kept Rates Unchanged at 0.75%

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