Australia’s inflation nightmare – Australia’s inflation rate is the highest globally

Analysts at a top Australian investment banking firm, Barrenjoey Capital Partners, point out that Australia’s recent inflation performance is just about the worst on the planet:

“Using the trimmed mean is preferable – Australia’s six month annualised rate of trimmed mean inflation of 3.6% is the highest inflation globally (higher even than the US at 3.2% 6mAR trimmed).”

Data info is here from Wednesday’s release:

Australian Q1 CPI +1.0% q/q (expected 0.8%) 3.6% y/y (expected 3.4%)

Westpac’s take:

Australia- inflation a bit higher than expected, RBA on hold

This take is spot on:

4 reasons why the RBA may be the last major central bank to cut rates

he stunning higher than expected across-the-board inflation readings are reverberating through markets.

Via Commonwealth Bank of Australia:

yield on the three‑year Australian government bond jumped by 13bp to 4.03%Interest rate markets are now pricing only a small chance of a sole 25bp rate cut by the end of the year

TD say to forget about a Reserve Bank of Australia rate cut in 2024 due to:

strong employment market

ongoing high migration into Australia

rising energy prices

And conclude:

“The RBA is likely to adopt a more hawkish stance, but one that it’s loath to act upon,” expect the first cut now in February 2025

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From the front page of the RBA website. The RBA target band for inflation is 23 to 3%. Not rhere yet.

This article was written by Eamonn Sheridan at www.forexlive.com.