Rising tides will lift the RBA’s rates

The Reserve Bank is pleased with the strength of household finances and bank lending. Now the market should prepare for a rate hike cycle to begin within six months.

Australia’s financial system is in sound shape, with the main risks coming from offshore and maybe housing, although on the latter point the Reserve Bank is comfortable with the current state of play in lending and household finances. Those were the key points from the Reserve Bank’s semi-annual Financial Stability Review.

While the release of the FSR is not usually a market-moving event, this one contains a number of issues which has some potential policy implications.

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