Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist.
The attached note takes a look at the risk posed to the global and Australian economies from the spike in oil prices. Key points are as follows:
Oil prices have risen over the last few days reflecting drone attacks that impact 6% of world oil supply.
The choke point for global growth from higher oil prices is normally a doubling in prices. We are a long way from that just yet. Key to watch will be how long the supply disruption lasts, whether there are more attacks and retaliation from Saudi Arabia and the US.
A significant spike in Australian petrol prices would pose a further threat to consumer spending and growth in Australia, adding to pressure on the RBA to ease further.