central bank


The Reserve Bank has left the cash rate at a record low of 1.50 per cent for the 10th straight month (ninth meeting). The Reserve Bank has maintained its “neutral stance” – meaning that rate hikes are as likely as rate cuts in the period ahead. In practice though no... Show More

Jonathan Rochford

October was a mixed month for risk assets and a bad month for safe haven assets. The main equity indices fell in the US (-1.9%) and Australia (-2.2%), but rose in Japan (5.9%), China (2.6%) and Europe (1.8%). Commodities were also mixed with US oil (-3.2%) and gold (-2.9%) down,... Show More

Jordan Eliseo

The Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) recently released a research report titled “The Seven Ages of Gold”, which looked at central bank activity in the gold market, over the last two centuries. It noted that net purchasing/selling patterns fell into seven distinct periods, each lasting an average of... Show More

Pendal Group

Since 2011, the constant descent into deflation has benefitted assets that have interest rate exposure or directly benefit from falling inflation. This includes such assets as government bonds, credit securities, shares in industrial companies, property, and infrastructure. Assets that benefit from rising inflation include inflation-linked bonds, shares in resources companies,... Show More

Saxo Capital Markets Australia

The Chinese economy is not only in decline mode, but is “possibly in worse shape than most officials perceived”, says Kay Van-Petersen, Asia macro strategist with Saxo Capital Markets. The strategist believes so because of the timing of the official rate cut. It happened bit too soon after the People’s... Show More