How might the latest RBA changes impact ASX 200 investors?

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It’s in the headlines everywhere you look: The Review of the Reserve Bank has been released, and it seemingly heralds a major overhaul of Australia’s central bank. It’s also likely left some wondering if the suggested changes could impact S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) investors.

Let’s delve into what ASX investors need to know about the report, titled ‘An RBA fit for the future’.

How might the RBA changes impact ASX 200 shares?

To start, it’s important to know the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) are the two major Australian regulatory agencies overseeing the ASX. The RBA’s responsibilities to the ASX haven’t been questioned in today’s report, however.

Instead, the 51 recommendations set forth – which the Albanese government has agreed to in principle – broadly relate to monetary policy decision-making, corporate governance, and culture.

The report’s release comes after ASX 200 shares were (at times) dampened by 10 consecutive rate hikes over the months to March. The hikes were made in an effort to tame inflation by, ultimately, suppressing consumer spending.

Of course, that was bad news for many S&P/ASX 200 Consumer Discretionary Index (ASX: XDJ) stocks.

Higher rates also generally mean more costly debt – a burden for many listed companies, particularly those on the S&P/ASX 200 Information Technology Index (ASX: XIJ).

Not to mention, they often weigh on property prices and, in turn, the S&P/ASX 200 Real Estate Index (ASX: XRE).

Thus, one of the suggestions that could be felt by the market is a change in how often the RBA board meets to consider adjusting the cash rate.

There are currently 11 RBA board meetings in a year. The review suggests that be cut to eight to “allow more time to consider the issues and engage with RBA staff within each meeting cycle”.

Another recommendation put forward demands monetary policy processes be more transparent. That could allow us more insight into the central bank’s decisions – a factor that may impact the market and the ASX 200 at times.

Of course, that’s just a few of the recommendations put forward. My Fool colleague Sebastian delved into five key recommendations in greater detail earlier today.

What’s next?

Commenting on the review today, RBA governor Philip Lowe said:

[A]s times change, we need to change too. This review will help us do this as we strive to promote the economic welfare of the Australian people.

But implementing all the recommendations might not be quite that simple. It will demand changes to the Reserve Bank Act and updates to the Statement on the Conduct of Monetary Policy.

On releasing the review, Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers said:

The government is committed to working with the Reserve Bank, Council of Financial Regulators, and other stakeholders to implement these recommendations, collaboratively and constructively.

The post How might the latest RBA changes impact ASX 200 investors? appeared first on The Motley Fool Australia.

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