The Reserve Bank of Australia building in Sydney. Agence France-Presse
Australia’s central bank on Tuesday cut interest rates for the second time in as many months as it strives to revive a sluggish economy and reduce unemployment, a tough task that may yet require even more stimulus.
Central banks in Asia, Australia and New Zealand (NZ) have joined a brewing global currency war by slashing interest rates and pledging to keep them down, worrying markets over the risk of a chase to the bottom.
Australia's central bank on Tuesday forecast the economy would suffer its largest ever contraction in the first half of the year, sending the unemployment rate into double-digits.
Australia’s central bank will consider cutting interest rates next month, Governor Philip Lowe said on Tuesday as the resource-rich economy looked set to join some of its global counterparts in easing financial conditions to boost growth. Lowe also urged the country’s newly re-elected government
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