The minutes of the June 2021 Monetary Policy Meeting of the Reserve Bank has been released.
traders were looking for any anticipation about where the discussion about tweaking QE in July is heading.
Board agreed it would be “premature to consider ceasing” the bond-buying programme.
Policy would need to remain highly accommodative to reach full employment.
Bond buying underpinned accommodative conditions necessary for economic recovery.
Return to a tight labour market, actual inflation in target band unlikely until 2024 at earliest.
Options for bond programme included another round of a$100 bln, scaling back purchases, spreading them out.
Also discussed approach of reviewing bond purchases more frequently depending on flow of data.
Australian economy transitioning from recovery to expansion.
Annual wage growth would need to be sustainably above 3% for inflation to reach target.
Members expected only gradual pick up in wages growth over following few years.
Possible participation rate could rise further, still a pool of workers available.
Liaison showed some firms favoured non-wage measures to attract labour, or to ration output.
Household spending to be strong, supported by rising wealth, employment and lower uncertainty.
A$ in narrow range despite significant increases in some commodity prices.
Monetary policy had contributed to a$ being lower than otherwise.
RBA board discussed climate change, its impact on cost and availability of funding in Australia.
AUD/USD is softer on the release which leaves GBP and EUR crosses in good stead towards their targets and higher highs on the hourly time frames as follows:
More to come…
Thursday’s jobs data for the month of May in Australia will be a more important event this week ahead of the 9 July Reserve Bank of Australia meeting.
A solid headline print if say, 45k, which is likely above consensus along with a drop in the Unemployment Rate from 5.5% to 5.4% or lower would be highly encouraging and potentially see the RBA make changes to the shape and/or size of the QE will be unveiled as it brightens the inflation outlook for 2Q after the underwhelming 1Q read.
The RBA Governor, Philip Lowe, will also deliver a speech on Thursday.
However, he is scheduled to speak before the release of the jobs report so there may not be any relevant policy comments.