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Thursday, 26 January 2012

So what happens on February 7 then?

OK, now the dust has settled from the inflation data, what’s going to happen on February 7?
Economic forecasters are split right down the middle: half think that the interest rates will be cut by 0.25% and half think they will stay on hold.
It’s interesting because a result of a trimmed mean of 0.6% for the quarter if annualised out implies an annual inflation rate of right in the middle of the 2-3% target range.
Even if the result had been just 0.1% lower the odds would be much more in favour of a cut – for 0.5% annualised is only 2% and allows more scope for easing rates.
This is noteworthy to my mind because it is highly questionable that the ABS figures are that accurate that they can be sure to within 0.1%.  How do I know that?  Because they keep revising the historic figures, and not always by one ’tick’ either! 
(it is worth noting that the revisions so far have tended to be upwards in nature, though).
My main argument for a rate cut (apart from the straightforward fact that I’m an inflation dove) would be based on the high value of the Aussie dollar. 
Today the AUD was buying more than $1.065 US dollars again, and that is way, way too high.  Our exporters are in pain (though it’s good for overseas holidays and Olympics attendees, as previously noted).  Heck, commentators were citing the high Aussie dollar as a reason for rate cuts before it even reached parity.
The problem for the Reserve Bank if they do cut is what happens if the next inflation print is back up at 0.8%?  Do they then have to start raising rates and look foolish?  I strongly suspect that ‘not looking foolish’ is one of the prime motivations of such a committee, also know as "the path of least regret".
Anyway, a lot can happen between 26 Jan and Feb 7, and rest assured that all eyes will be carefully focussed on Europe until then.  My eyes will be watching the Aussie dollar, because, frankly, I’m hoping for another rate cut.
After a few days in Hobart, moving on towards the Strahan after a snout up Mt Wellington tomorrow morning.
Australia Day today and it has been a lovely day in Tasmania, but it’s been pretty windy and cold.  
In the absence of any better movies on in Hobart watched  A Few Best Men – one very funny moment being the best man’s speech.  Two stars, ‘nuff said.