RBA holds cash rate

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has decided to press pause for a fourth consecutive month, leaving the cash rate on hold at 4.10 percent.

All eyes were on new governor Michele Bullock today as she made her first big call on the direction of interest rates.

Ms Bullock took over as governor from Philip Lowe on September 18. She is the first woman to be appointed to the role in the central bank’s 63-year history.

Today’s decision came as no surprise. Many economists were expecting Ms Bullock to keep a steady approach to interest rates with an extended pause before a cash rate cut.

According to Roy Morgan’s latest mortgage stress survey, 29.2 percent of owner-occupied households with mortgages are now in stress – the highest share since May 2008.

Meanwhile, an estimated $52 billion worth of fixed-rate mortgages are expected to expire over the six months to December 31.

Many of those borrowers are set to jump from ultra-low rates of around 2 percent to variable rates of around 6 percent.

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