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Hawkish Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to Fuel AUD/USD Recovery

Hawkish Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to Fuel AUD/USD Recovery

- Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to Hold Official Cash Rate at Record-Low of 1.50%.

- Will Governor Philip Lowe & Co. Alter the Monetary Policy Outlook?

Trading the News: Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Interest Rate Decision

RBA Rate Decision

The Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) last interest rate decision for 2017 may shake up the near-term outlook for AUD/USD should the central bank prepare households and businesses for higher borrowing-costs.

The RBA is likely to reiterate that ‘holding the stance of monetary policy unchanged would be consistent with sustainable growth in the economy and achieving the inflation target over time’ as the region continues to face below-target inflation. In turn, Governor Philip Lowe and Co. may largely endorse a wait-and-see approach for monetary policy, with the Australia dollar at risk of facing a bearish reaction as the central bank remains in no rush to remove the record-low cash rate.

However, a growing number of RBA officials may adopt a hawkish tone as Governor Lowe notes ‘it is more likely that the next move in interest rates will be up, rather than down,’ and a shift in the policy outlook may spark a larger recovery in AUD/USD as the central bank starts to show a greater willingness to move away from the easing-cycle.

Impact that RBA interest rate decision has had on AUD/USD during the previous meeting

PeriodData ReleasedEstimateActualPips ChangePips Change



11/07/2017 03:30:00 GMT1.50%1.50%-1-38

November 2017 Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Interest Rate Decision

AUD/USD 5-Minute Chart


The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) stuck to the sidelines in November, with Governor Philip Lowe and Co. largely endorsing a wait-and-see approach for monetary policy as ‘inflation remains low, with both CPI and underlying inflation running a little below 2 per cent.’ In turn, it seems as though the RBA will carry the record-low cash rate into 2018 as officials warn ‘growth in housing debt has been outpacing the slow growth in household income for some time.’

The initial market reaction was short-lived, with AUD/USD quickly pulling back from the 0.7700 handle to end the day at .07643. Interested in the market reaction to the RBA? Sign up & join DailyFX Market Analyst David Cottle LIVE to cover the interest rate decision!

AUD/USD Daily Chart

AUD/USD Daily Chart
  • Broader outlook remains tilted to the downside as AUD/USD continues to track the downward trending channel from August, but the pair may stage a more meaningful recovery following the series of failed attempts to break below the 0.7530 (38.2% expansion) hurdle.
  • Even though the near-term outlook remains capped by the 0.7650 (38.2% retracement), the Relative Strength Index (RSI) appears to be threatening the downward trend carried over from the summer months, with the oscillator at risk of highlighting a bullish trigger.
  • In turn, a break of the near-term range may open up the topside targets, with a break above the 200-Day SMA (0.7691) raising the risk for a move back towards the former-support zone around 0.7720 (23.6% retracement) to 0.7770 (61.8% expansion), which lines up with the November-high (0.7730).

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--- Written by David Song, Currency Analyst

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