RBA Minutes Failed to Make a Splash

While  the minutes from the RBA board’s August interest rate meeting didn’t sound any major alarm bells, it did not provide any outlook for interest rates, leaving the market to its interpretation

The RBA minutes release was anticipated to be a non-event and from the RBA, it appears pretty much business as usual.

With the lack of any substantive dovish forward guidance, the Australian Dollar should remain supported on some fronts.

Last Fridays weaker China “data dump” is getting downplayed with Mainland equity markets surging. Besides the prospects of more stimulus from the PBoc lending underlying support, the euphoria from mounting speculation that the Shenzhen -Hong Kong connect is set to launch is keeping local markets buoyant.

There’s little expectation  this week’s FOMC will provide a lifeline for the USD,  in fact, if there’s any takeaway from recent Fed Speak, it sounds more dovish than ever with the growing  consensus of members not looking to hike US rates  anytime soon

Oil prices continue to support the commodity basket of currencies as anticipation of coordinated production freeze builds with Russian Energy Minister Novak jumping into the fray.



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Stephen Innes

Stephen Innes

Head of Trading APAC at OANDA
Stephen has over 25 years of experience in the financial markets and currently based in Singapore as the Head of Trading Asia Pacific with OANDA. Stephen's market views focus on the movement of G-10 and ASEAN Currencies. His views appear in Bloomberg, CNBC.Reuters, New York Times WSJ and the Economist. His media appearances include Bloomberg TV & Radio, BBC International, Sky TV, Channel News Asia, ASTRO AWANI and BFM Malaysia. Stephen has an extensive trading experience in Spot and Forward FX, Currency and Interest Rate Futures, Money Market Derivatives and Precious Metals. Before joining OANDA, he worked with organisations like Nat West, Chemical Bank, Garvin Guy Butler, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Stephen was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
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