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Katrina Ell, economist at Moody's Analytics, says the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is waiting for other data such as employment to assess if additional stimulus is necessary in the coming months.
Gareth Berry, foreign exchange & rates strategist at Macquarie, says the Australian dollar could see a "significant bounce" to $0.7250 versus the dollar if the Reserve Bank of Australia leaves rates steady.
Annette Beacher, head of economic research at TD Securities, says the Reserve Bank of Australia is expected to stand pat on rates and the focus will likely fall on the central bank's statement.
Ivan Colhoun, chief market economist at National Australia Bank, says the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is expected to keep rates unchanged at 2 percent on Tuesday.
Asian stocks fell on Monday, as investors digested a private survey which showed China's manufacturing sector remaining in a tough spot.
Monetary policy decisions will hog the spotlight in Asia this week, with policymakers in Australia, Thailand and Malaysia set to convene.
Australia's property stocks have been crumbling but according to Goldman Sachs, the equity market is painting a far gloomier outcome.
Paul Bloxham, chief economist for Australia and New Zealand at HSBC, identifies the positive signs in the Reserve Bank of Australia minutes, which suggest the central bank will hold rates until 2016.
Asian stocks cruised higher on Friday, lifted by a positive U.S. lead and as investors bet on the possibility of further stimulus from Japan and China.
The dollar rose against a basket of currencies as underlying domestic inflation strengthened more than expected in September.
The Australian dollar is under pressure from softer China data and Westpac's move to hike mortgage rates, explains Sally Auld, fixed income and FX strategist, Australia & New Zealand at JPMorgan.
Asian shares outside China slid deeper into the red on Tuesday, after trade figures added to concerns over China's economy.
Richard Jerram, chief economist of the Bank of Singapore, says Australia's economy may have reached comfortable levels on the back of a "more sensible" Australian dollar.
The Aussie dollar has further room to fall and adjust to support weak demand for Australia's commodity exports, says Malcolm Wood, chief investment strategist at BAML.
Australia's economic engine has sputtered as the commodities boom loses steam, but the country could get a fillip from legalizing same-sex marriage.
If housing starts to erode economic activity, the Reserve Bank of Australia may ease by December or early 2016, says Sean Fenton, director and portfolio manager at Tribeca Investment Partners.
Investors should watch for Tuesday's RBA rate decisions for hints as to how worried the central bank is about the global economic slowdown, warns Wayne Gordon, commodities and FX strategist at UBS Wealth Management.
The currency is doing the "heavy lifting" for the Reserve Bank of Australia, explains Savanth Sebastian, equities economist at Commonwealth Securities.
Further upside for the U.S. dollar will be a struggle on the back of a soft labor market and a Fed rate hike delay, says Michael Every, head of financial markets research, APAC at Rabobank.
Central banks are in the spotlight in the week ahead, with decisions on monetary policy due in Australia and Japan.