Higher Australian Inflation Reduces Rate Hike Expectations

Australian inflation rose more than expected in the September quarter due to a sharp spike in fuel prices, sending the local dollar to a 4-1/2 month high as markets pruned back the chances of further interest rates cut this year.

However, despite the quarterly rise, the annual rate of inflation remained in the bottom half of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) 2-3 percent target band, suggesting there is still room to cut interest rates if push comes to shove.

via CNBC

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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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