RBA cuts benchmark interest rate by 75 basis points

The Reserve Bank of Australia cut their Official Cash rate by 75 basis points and caught the market by surprise after a 50 bps cut was expected.

Taken from FXPedia:

The Cash Rate is the rate financial institutions charge other financial institutions for overnight loans in the Australian banking system. This is a fundamental trend-setting rate and changes to this rate are reflected in other interest rates including commercial bank rates. The Cash Rate Target is the rate that the government feels is appropriate given the current economic conditions.

RBA Australian Cash Interest Rate

After the RBA hiked the rates in the past two years, Australia received an influx of currency flows to take advantage of their record high interest rates. The AUD was one of the favorite currencies to buy and the Cash rate  reached 7.25% on March 2008. After that four swift cuts (25bps 100bps, 50bps and now 75 bps) have reduced the Cash rate to 5.25%.

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All Major Central Banks around the world are cutting their rate with the intention of restoring economic growth and trying to avoid an even deeper recession. Even the Bank of Japan which at 0.50% had the lowest rate in the developed world, was forced to cut by 20 basis points. The Japanese benchmark is now 0.30%.

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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