Australian dollar sinks after RBA pause, GDP next

  • RBA holds rates for third straight time
  • AUD/USD slides 1.3%
  • Australian GDP expected to slow in second quarter

The Australian dollar has plunged on Tuesday after the Reserve Bank of Australia held rates at today’s policy meeting. In the European session, AUD/USD is trading at 0.6373, down 1.36%.

RBA holds rates, as expected

The RBA held interest rates at today’s meeting for a third straight time, maintaining the official cash rate at 4.10%.  This was the final meeting chaired by Governor Philip Lowe, with some calling the pause a parting gift for mortgage owners.

The decision was widely expected, and Lowe’s rate statement was a repeat of what we’ve heard before. Lowe stated that inflation had “passed its peak” but was “still too high and will remain so for some time yet”. Lowe again kept open the possibility of further tightening, depending on the data. In a nutshell, inflation is headed in the right direction but more work lies ahead in order to bring inflation back down to the 1%-3% target range.

There were no surprises from the RBA, but that didn’t prevent the Aussie from taking a huge tumble, with the Australian dollar currently very close to an 11-month low against the US dollar. The fact that the central bank has extended its pause for a third straight time boosts the view that the RBA is done with rate hikes, barring some catastrophic economic data, has made the Australian dollar a less attractive investment. The markets will now be looking for clues about possible rate cuts, which could come sometime in 2024.

Investors will now shift their attention from the RBA hold to the GDP report for the second quarter. The economy grew by a respectable 2.3% in Q1 but is expected to slow to 1.8% in the second quarter. A reading below 1.8% will likely put further downward pressure on the shaky Australian dollar.


AUD/USD Technical

  • AUD/USD pushed below support at 0.6458 and is testing support at 0.6395.  Below, there is support at 0.6325
  • There is resistance at 0.6458 and 0.6525

Content is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Business Information & Services, Inc. or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. If you would like to reproduce or redistribute any of the content found on MarketPulse, an award winning forex, commodities and global indices analysis and news site service produced by OANDA Business Information & Services, Inc., please access the RSS feed or contact us at Visit to find out more about the beat of the global markets. © 2023 OANDA Business Information & Services Inc.

Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Market Analyst at OANDA
A highly experienced financial market analyst with a focus on fundamental and macroeconomic analysis, Kenny Fisher’s daily commentary covers a broad range of markets including forex, equities and commodities. His work has been published in major online financial publications including, Seeking Alpha and FXStreet. Kenny has been a MarketPulse contributor since 2012.
Kenny Fisher

Latest posts by Kenny Fisher (see all)