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UBS economists expect the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to downgrade its economic growth forecasts on Tuesday. The central bank is also expected to keep rates steady at 0.75% and leave the door open for a rate cut in the second quarter. 

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The RBA is likely to again lower their cumulative growth profile by close to about 50 basis points, continuing their downgrade cycle.

While additional bushfire-related Government spending of about $3 billion is likely, this is not enough to stop the RBA from downgrading their outlook.

Bushfires and Coronavirus pose material downside to the RBA’s forecast of a strong acceleration to an above-trend 2.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020 and 3.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2021.

The RBA delivered three 25 basis point rate cuts in 2019.