Positive data signals end of rate-cutting cycle

November 05, 2013
Jay Stewart

The RBA leaves rates on hold as economy goes from strength to strength

Strong employment and inflation data has encouraged the Reserve Bank of Australia to leave the official cash rate on hold at 2.5%.  

The Australian economy continues to go from strength to strength, removing the need for further rate cuts this year.  

Last month, the unemployment rate fell 0.1% to 5.6%, while the Consumer Price Index increased by 1.2% over the September quarter, taking the annual inflation rate to 2.2% - within the Reserve Bank’s target range.   

Furthermore, the NAB Monthly Business Survey found business confidence strengthened considerably in September – hitting its highest level in three and a half years.  

This positive data shows the Australian economy is performing very well at the current time, so it was unsurprising to see the Reserve Bank leave the cash rate untouched at the historically low level of 2.5%.  

With interest rates continuing to hover around record lows, now is a great time for Australians to consider jumping onto the property ladder or review their current home loan.  

If you are considering purchasing a home in the near future, now may be a good time to capitalise on the current state of the market – before rates and property prices rise further.  

Alternatively, if you already have a property, now could be a good time to review your current home loan and check to make sure you are still in the right product for your needs.  

If you want to learn more about your home loan options, call Jay and the team at Mortgage Choice in Pacific Pines on 5502 8906 or log onto www.mortgagechoice.com.au/jay.stewart  

If you want to learn more about your home loan options, call 5502 8906 or click on the 'contact us' tab at the top of the page.

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