Iron ore crash pushes commodity price index lower

The national accounts for the June quarter revealed that Australia’s terms-of-trade (ToT) hit its highest ever level, surpassing the September 2011 peak:

Terms-of-trade

New all-time high.

That is likely to the be as high as the ToT gets, however, with the RBA’s commodity price index for August registering a 6.0% decline in SDR terms after hitting a record high in July. This was on the back of the crash in iron ore prices:

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