RBA Decision Likely to be a Close Call

The Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) decision may come down to the wire at its monetary policy meeting Tuesday, as economists eye an interest rate cut despite policymakers’ concerns over a too-strong Australian dollar and home price gains.

“The RBA can’t have its cake and eat it,” Capital Economics said in a note last week. “The only way to ensure that the Australian dollar weakens, which would support the real economy, is to reduce interest rates further, but this would boost the already hot housing market,”.  It expects the RBA’s concerns over the real economy will trump worries about bubbly housing prices.

Other analysts, including those at Goldman Sachs, Moody’s Analytics and AMP Capital, are also forecasting an interest rate cut of 25 basis-points to a record low of 2 percent in what would be the central bank’s first move since February.