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Bill Evans, analyst at Westpac, notes that the markets are pricing in a 50/50 chance of a rate cut from the RBA next week, following the recent Inflation Report, but Westpac still expect that the first move will be in August rather than May.

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“We anticipate that the RBA Board will adopt a clear easing bias at the May meeting, prior to cutting rates by 25bps in August and in November.”

“That view was predicated on the Reserve Bank lowering its growth forecasts at the meeting, to trend in 2019 (2.75% from 3%) and below trend (2.5%) in 2020.”

“At trend growth” in 2019 is not sufficient to trigger a rate cut immediately but we expected that by August, when the next set of growth revisions would be made, the growth forecasts would need to be lowered further (to 2.5% in 2019 and 2.25% in 2020).”

“With underlying inflation persistently below the bottom of the 2-3% target band; growth forecast below trend and in conjunction with an existing explicit easing bias the case for a rate cut would be indisputable.”

“We expect that the Board will proceed along the lines we forecast in February with rates being on hold at the May meeting but adopting a clear easing bias.”