The RBA steps towards a housing policy highwire

As the potential for systemic risk builds in the housing market, the RBA must consider a range of intervention policies. The challenge will be to choose ones that don’t hinder the broader economy.

Recent comments by the Reserve Bank of Australia indicate that an intervention in the housing market may be getting closer, though by no means is it over the line. Macroprudential policies would allow the RBA to avoid raising rates simply to mitigate an overheated housing market -- and that is the type of policy flexibility that the RBA would welcome right now.

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