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Interest rates! Where to from here?

Marty McDonald - Thursday, June 09, 2022

While most observers were expecting the RBA to move on Tuesday the 0.50% pa increase (new RBA overnight cash rate 0.85% pa) felt a little shocking.

We feel the RBA has been almost criminally slow to react to emerging inflation which was obvious to the money market from about December 2021 onwards. Their “promise” to the general public that rates would not increase until late 2023 left a lot of people with a false sense of security and now no doubt a feeling of dread. The RBA have lost a lot of credibility.

So where are we headed now? The RBA is behind the curve so to speak so we can expect a few more aggressive rate increases in the next few months. Then hopefully a pause so they can gauge the effects on the economy.

We are thinking the cash rate will peak at around 2.00% which is below what many economists are predicting. Those same economists also thought house prices would crash in the pandemic. A cash rate of 2.00% would mean a competitive home loan rate would be about 4.25% - 4.50% pa and investment loans would be about 4.75% -5.00% pa.

We don’t think they will need to go any higher than around 2.00% cash rate to put the brakes on the economy. Don’t forget the cash rate pre the pandemic was 1.50% pa and falling as the economy was subdued and inflation non-existent. This is to say that once China opens up again and the world adjusts to the Ukraine-induced shortages then inflation will subside.

Regarding property prices, we think prices coming off 10% -15% or so over the next 2 years is the likely scenario (a return to mid-2021 prices in most areas). The froth has already disappeared in the Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra markets and much of this may already be in play. If inflation does become endemic don’t forget that this will eat away at the real levels of debt people have, so in the long run a little inflation may be a good thing.

About the Author: Marty McDonald is principal of mortgage broker “Mortgage Experts”. Marty specialises in assisting active property investors with loan structuring advice and implementation as well as helping credit worthy borrowers with slightly outside the box income and employment situations. Find Marty on  and LinkedIn.

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