RBA rate hike incoming on November 7 – will they hike again in December?

The inflation data earlier today has made a November 7 rate hike very likely from the Reserve Bank of Australia.

+25bp in November seems a done deal to me. A pause again seems very unlikely given the forthright comment in the latest RBA minutes:

  • β€œthe Board has a low tolerance for a slower return of inflation to target than currently expected”

And how hawkish new Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Bullock has sounded. Bullock gets another go on the microphone tomorrow BTW:

Could it be +50bp in November? Or +25 then another +25 at the December (5th) meeting? Given the RBA response to rising inflation, i.e. behind the curve for much of the way and appearing to have dropped back again, I am going with +25 in November and then we wait for February. The nagging doubt at the back of my mind is the hawkish Bullock though.

I’ve posted this before but there has been a big change in RBA meeting dates announced for 2024. Instead of 11 meetings a year the Bank will now meet 8 times only (Fibonacci folks will nod sagely here πŸ˜‰ ).

The dates ahead are:

  • November 7
  • December 5

then into 2024:

  • 5–6 February
  • 18–19 March
  • 6–7 May
  • 17–18 June
  • 5–6 August
  • 23–24 September
  • 4–5 November
  • 9–10 December

Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Bullock RBA 23 October 2023.

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