Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Rules of engagement

An RBA/Glenn Stevens defence piece by Michael Pascoe in the SMH.  A fair point but for how long will either Australia's policy makers blame the markets for inaction. New Zealand showed a much more assertive stance last week (here).  And while it is true that Australia is a small market that can get flattened by the FX monster, Australia will be in the unenviable position of being the only country not to engage in the currency war.  Brave?

....“You could argue we would be better off with some different configuration: a lower exchange rate and higher interest rates - or more normal level of interest rates - but, given the configuration of the global economy, I just do not think that is possible at the moment. The weakness in the North Atlantic and their money creation is leading to their currencies wanting to depreciate, and someone has to be high.”...(here).

Sounds like "the exchange rate we had to have"... (heard something similar before? here).

 Australia really is the lucky country...!

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