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Thursday, July 19, 2012

RBA and the currency...

From TDS:

** The RBA sold a net $A1.256b in June, over and above the Bank's average net selling of around $A450m per month.

** Note that the end of the financial year for Australia is June, and many offshore bills are settled by the Bank (on behalf of the Government) on a financial year basis. Hence the RBA is merely settling more/heftier "bills" on an annual basis, i.e. it's a seasonal event. See chart below, with June spikes in purple.

** Hence this little note is to merely remind AUD watchers that the hefty headline does not mean the RBA "intervened" in the AUD in June.

** However regular readers may recall I wrote about the "RBA intervening by stealth" back in April, when it was clear that the RBA sold more than usual in March ($A944m, red bar in chart). Hence these monthly transactions are worth keeping an eye on..