by Alan Thornhill
A fresh rate cut is still possible tomorrow (Tuesday), but that now seems less likely.
Especially as, the Reserve Bank, itself, has told us that last month’s cut was very much a borderline event.
There have been encouraging signs of improvement in the global economy since then.
The EU’s push last week to unify bank oversight in Europe, surprised many.
However that move, which put the European Central Bank at the centre of efforts to rescue Spanish banks, was widely welcomed on global markets late last week.
Europe’s single currency, the Euro, has always presented problems, without strong central management.
Markets saw the EU’s move as a step towards the establishment of a single banking supervisor in Europe.
The Reserve Bank had identified Europe’s debt problems as one of the darkest clouds on Australia’s economic horizon.
Alan Thornhill is a parliamentary press gallery journalist.
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Tuesday May 21
The Dow Jones Index fell 18.97 points to 15,335.40
Unions are seeking a rise of $30 a week in the National Wage Case, which opens today
The latest Morgan Poll shows support for the L-NP down 1 per cent to 55 per centover the past week and the ALP at 45 per cent, 1 per cent, on a two-party preferred basis.
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