Yesterday?s decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to cut official interest rates by 0.25% to 3.25% is likely to give local retailers a boost. While the major banks have yet to move to cut their interest rates, its highly likely that they will do so in the coming days, especially after the Federal Treasurer, Wayne Swan, urged the banks to pass on the full rate cut. Bank of Queensland was the first of the regional banks to move, passing on 0.2% to its home loan customers.
If the banks do cut rates, many homeowners should see their mortgage…
Yesterday’s decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to cut official interest rates by 0.25% to 3.25% is likely to give local retailers a boost. While the major banks have yet to move to cut their interest rates, its highly likely that they will do so in the coming days, especially after the Federal Treasurer, Wayne Swan, urged the banks to pass on the full rate cut. Bank of Queensland was the first of the regional banks to move, passing on 0.2% to its home loan customers.
If the banks do cut rates, many homeowners should see their mortgage repayments fall slightly, allowing them a little bit of extra breathing space, and perhaps extra income to fund some of those luxuries they’ve done without. Coming up to the Christmas holiday season, that could be good news for consumer discretionary stocks such as JB Hi-Fi Limited (ASX: JBH), Premier Investments Limited (ASX: PMV), Nick Scali Limited (ASX: NCK) and Kathmandu Holdings Ltd (ASX: KMD).
We reported yesterday that some retailers are stocking up on inventory as they expect higher sales in the last quarter of the year, and want to ensure they have enough product to meet demand. Heavy discounting is also expected to feature, giving consumers an additional reason to go out and spend.
Additionally, many economists are expecting further interest rate cuts in the next six months, which should provide additional spending stimulus.
However, not everyone thinks the rate cut will prompt consumers to go out and spend. The main reason the RBA cut rates was on concerns over China’s slowing growth, Europe’s lingering sovereign debt issues, and the high Australian dollar. While the dollar has fallen slightly, Europe’s woes still exist, and consumers may still be worried about the fallout from China cutting back on buying our resources and energy. That may prompt many Australians to keep their hands in their pockets for a while yet.
It will be some time before the effects of this rate cut show up in the local economy – and may have very little effect, should the banks refuse to pass on at least some of the rate cut to customers.
If you’re in the market for some high yielding ASX shares, look no further than our “Secure Your Future with 3 Rock-Solid Dividend Stocks” report. In this free report, we’ve put together our best ideas for investors who are looking for solid companies with high dividends and good growth potential. Click here now to find out the names of our three favourite income ideas. But hurry – the report is free for only a limited time.
- Packer’s gamble about to pay off
- Are we heading for a perfect storm?
- Lower prices: Christmas comes early for shoppers
- Google is bigger than Microsoft
Motley Fool writer/analyst Mike King owns shares in JB Hi-Fi. The Motley Fool’s purpose is to help the world invest, better. Take Stock is The Motley Fool’s free investing newsletter. Packed with stock ideas and investing advice, it is essential reading for anyone looking to build and grow their wealth in the years ahead. Click here now to request your free subscription, whilst it’s still available. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.
HOT OFF THE PRESSES: Motley Fool’s #1 Dividend Pick for 2017!
With its shares up 155% in just the last five years, this ‘under the radar’ consumer favourite is both a hot growth stock AND our expert’s #1 dividend pick for 2017. Now we’re pulling back the curtain for you... And all you have to do to discover the name, code and a full analysis is enter your email below!