Experts and economists forecast a cash rate lockdown until 2022

Experts and economists are united in their view that the RBA will hold the cash rate this month, with only one prediction for any movements at all in 2021

Experts and economists forecast a cash rate lockdown until 2022
Experts and economists forecast a cash rate lockdown until 2022

Experts and economists are united in their view that the RBA will hold the cash rate this month, with only one prediction for any movements at all in 2021, according to the latest survey from finder.com.au.

Tony Makin of Griffith University, believes the rate will increase this year due to the economic effects of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout.

“Global economic activity will pick up as countries are vaccinated. Given the expansion in money supplies, other things equal this will put upward pressure on inflation. Otherwise, macroeconomics textbooks need to be rewritten. 

“At the same time, record-breaking levels of public debt worldwide will continue to exert upward pressure on bond yields," Makin said.

Shane Oliver from AMP Capital said that while the economy has recovered faster than expected, the RBA is still a long way away from meeting its inflation and employment goals. 

“A rate hike is still a long way away. 

“That said, the faster than expected recovery will likely see the first hike occur earlier than the RBA's expectation of ‘no increase before 2024’. It could come late next year or early 2023," Oliver said.

Positive sentiment around both housing affordability (3%) and cost of living (3%) reached the lowest level ever recorded since the Finder survey began in 2018.

Employment continued to be the highest indicator measured with 55% expressing positive sentiment, down from its record-high of 73% last month.

Positive sentiment around employment plummeted to 0% in April when the lockdowns first began, but the nation’s stronger-than-expected economic recovery has resulted in a rosier outlook for the job market. 

Jordan Fidler

Jordan Fidler

Jordan is a journalist at Urban.com.au

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