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Australia Consumer Prices (Q4 2021)

The strong rise in underlying inflation at the end of last year means the RBA is all but certain to end its asset purchase scheme at its meeting next week. And with underlying inflation now above the mid-point of the RBA’s target, the Bank will come under increasing pressure to hike rates this year.  
Ben Udy Australia and New Zealand Economist
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