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TD Securities analysis team explains that as per expected lines, the RBA left the cash rate at 1.5%, extending the record run of sitting on the sidelines.

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“The policy statement was surprisingly similar to last month, despite the Governor shifting from “next move is up” to “neutral” in a speech the next day. With the RBA Governor scheduled to speak early tomorrow on “Housing and the Economy”, it will be mandatory reading.”

“The Bank also repeated the February assessment of housing (to be discussed further in tomorrow’s speech): (1) Sydney and Melbourne are adjusting after an earlier “large run-up in prices” (2) “the demand for credit by investors … has slowed noticeably; and (3) credit for owner-occupiers “has eased further” (last month “eased to 5 ½%”).”

“Earlier, the Dec qtr data reports were a mixed bag: strong public spending (+1.5%/q or +0.4%pts to GDP) outpacing a larger detraction from net exports (-0.2%pts, TD and mkt -0.1%pt). Our forecast for tomorrow’s GDP report is +0.2%/q and +2.4%/y (mkt +0.4%/q, 2.6%/y). Don’t forget 25% of GDP remains unknown, i.e. consumption that isn’t covered by the retail sales report (health, education, rent, utilities, communication, transport, all essential services).”

“We remain of the view that a low and stable exchange rate is more beneficial for the economy than another rate cut. TD and consensus expects the 1.5% cash rate to prevail through to mid-2020.”