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RBA may be too pessimistic about price pressures

The Reserve Bank of Australia signalled today that it’s unlikely to reverse the tapering of its bond purchases even as Sydney’s virus outbreak is getting worse. We still expect the tight labour market to deliver stronger wage growth and inflation than the Bank is anticipating, prompting the Bank to tighten earlier than its current guidance of 2024.
Marcel Thieliant Senior Japan, Australia & New Zealand Economist
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