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28 July, 2017, 00:51
But at a recent Australian Business Economists lunch in Sydney, Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe downplayed the chances of a rate rise so soon, saying that global trends wouldn't necessarily dictate Australia's economic path.
Not even the increased costs of some fruit and vegetables brought about by Cyclone Debbie or post January sales moves in clothing and footwear were enough to push consumer prices and the cost of living up enough to pop the consumer price index enough to offset the deflation impacts in other areas.
The Pound Sterling to Australian Dollar exchange rate is trending 0.3% higher at 1.6477 (26-07-17 10:30).
Australia's top central banker said on Wednesday he was "very comfortable" with keeping interest rates at record lows, as inflation fell short of expectations yet again.
For now, the RBA remains neutral on the outlook for policy, with the official interest rate stuck at a record-low 1.5% since August previous year. A stronger local currency could mean a 0.5% drop in core inflation over the next three years, according to the central bank's currency modelling.
While young Australians might have NFI who a NASDAQ is or how much one stock costs, we have a deep knowledge of the foreign exchange market - exclusively for the objective of buggering off when the temperature gets slightly chilly.
'Just as we did not move in lockstep with other central banks when the monetary stimulus was being delivered, we don't need to move in lockstep as some of this stimulus is removed'.
Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe has hosed down the hawks.
Lowe said the numbers were in line with the RBA's expectations, pointing to Australia's subdued wages growth as the key factor keeping inflation below target.
"If wealth and income equality is more dispersed, then it might be harder to get policies that appeal to the middle ground, so that's the political aspect", Lowe said. This has no automatic implications for monetary policy in Australia.
"It has become more pronounced in the past few years because of the of the rise in assets prices and people that own those assets have seen their wealth go up", he said.
Westpac suggested that "the more significant observation was the lack of price pressure in some major retail sectors and in particular, clothing & footwear".
Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that pushing price increases in the last quarter were health care, taxes on tobacco and house buying. The policy rates in both the United States and Canada still remain below that in Australia.
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Violence against Israelis is rare in Jordan, a tightly policed country that is also a staunch regional ally of the United States. Israel's move triggered Muslim protests and claims that it's trying to expand its role at the site, which is also holy to Jews.
For those of you who hadn't been checking for it, here's a quick look at what Marvel Studios presented at Comic-Con. T'Challa, not wearing his Black Panther costume but simple suit instead, swoops in to stop Klaue from getting away.
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Officials with the Utah Division of Child and Family Services contacted the oldest boy's father who took custody of that child. The 29-year-old man hurriedly grabbed his daughter and ran out another door, but hit a pillar and dropped his daughter again.
He was honoured by being inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame, Washington, on March 19, the first Indian to be inducted. Among other positions that Rao has held, he is remembered for his tenure at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The new film will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who wrote the last four movies in the franchise. Craig will return in what is presumed to be his last appearance as the titular character in the franchise.
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Red Sox shut out in Seattle
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Daniel Craig likely to return as Bond in November 2019
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