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RBA set to hike in 2023

With the latest lockdowns set to end next month, we expect the RBA to taper its bond purchases in February. We still expect wage growth to accelerate more rapidly than the Bank anticipates and stick to our forecast for the first rate hike in early-2023.
Marcel Thieliant Senior Japan, Australia & New Zealand Economist
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