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Co-founder & CEO of AllenWargent property advisory & buyer's agents, offices in Brisbane (Riverside) & Sydney (Martin Place) - clients include hedge funds, resi funds, & private investors.

4 x finance/investment author - 'Get a Financial Grip: a simple plan for financial freedom’ (2012) rated Top 10 finance books by Money Magazine & Dymocks.

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Saturday, 26 January 2013

Have markets mispriced interest rate cut odds?

The futures markets are pricing in a 37% chance of an interest rate cut on February 5th, down from 41% on Thursday.

Now I don't for a moment encourage gambling, but I think those odds are still priced too high.

Aussie dollar concerns have eased with its price to 104.18 cents. The iron ore spot has held up remarkably well  at $148.60/tonne which is a world away from the panic stations we saw in the high $80 range. House prices seem to be ticking up which in itself must surely take a rate cut off the table for now. Unemployment even now is still under 5.5%.

Yes soft inflation leaves room for a cut - but the RBA must surely favour waiting for another month of data before pulling any interest rate triggers.

Absent any shocks in the next 10 days that is.

Granted if you go to a bookie they will chop an enormous chunk out of your winning margin but I still I think I will have a hypothetical $10 on rates being on hold at $1.23 today.

A hypothetical 23% tax free return on that punt.

If I'm wrong I'll donate a non-hypothetical extra $10 in my next donation the McGrath Foundation, can't say fairer than that!