RBA leave the cash rate unchanged at 3.75 per cent.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 at 09:56

Statement by Glenn Stevens, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 3.75 per cent.

The global economy is growing, and world GDP is expected to rise at close to trend pace in 2010 and 2011.  The expansion is still likely to be modest in the major countries, due to the continuing legacy of the financial crisis, resulting in ongoing excess capacity.  In Asia, where financial sectors are not impaired, recovery has been much quicker to date, though the Chinese authorities are now seeking to reduce the degree of stimulus to their economy.  Global financial markets are functioning much better than they were a year ago.  Credit conditions nonetheless remain difficult in the major countries as banks continue to face loan losses associated with the period of economic weakness.  Concerns regarding some sovereigns have increased.