Reserve Bank of New Zealand

More Central Banks Cut Interest Rates, Persistent Trade Tensions, and Lower Inflation

August 8, 2019

Central bank interest rates were cut by 25 basis points today in the Philippines and  Serbia. Earlier this week, rates had been reduced by central banks in India (35 bps), Thailand (25 bps), and New Zealand (50 bps).  The common thread in these moves is the trade war unleashed by U.S. President Trump, the weaker […] More

Central Banks and Weak European Data in the Spotlight

June 26, 2019

The Central Bank of Iceland’s 7-day term rate has been cut 25 basis points to 3.75% following a 50-basis point reduction at the prior monetary policy review last month. These moves represent a trend reversal from a 25-basis point increase last November.  In a released statement explaining the decision, officials anticipate a contraction of domestic […] More

Reserve Bank of New Zealand Cuts Official Cash Rate to 1.50% from 1.75%

May 8, 2019

Today’s central bank interest rate cut is the eighth of this easing cycle but the first since a similar-sized reduction 30 months earlier. Quarter percentage point cuts also were made in June, July, September and October of 2015 and in March and June of 2016. Policy continues to have a downside bias. A released statement […] More

Big Reaction in New Zealand Financial Markets to Downbeat Central Bank Statement

March 27, 2019

The kiwi dropped 1.4% overnight. New Zealand’s 10-year sovereign debt yield slumped 11 basis points, whole share prices in that market rose 1.6%. A statement released after a regular monetary policy review that left the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s official cash rate unchanged at 1.75% paints a downbeat economic outlook not limited to the […] More

Reserve Bank of New Zealand Doesn’t Anticipate a Rate Change This Year or Next

February 13, 2019

The U.S. dollar lost 1.3% overnight against the kiwi. Officials at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand chose to retain a 1.75% Official Cash Rate. This was the 15th straight monetary policy review in which the interest rate benchmark was not moved, and a released statement reiterated that the next rate move could conceivably be […] More

Policies Driving Currency Markets as More Evidence Emerges of Slower Global Growth

February 13, 2019

Industrial Production in the euro area fell 0.9% in December, more than double the expected slide after a 1.7% drop recorded in November. This resulted in a 4.2% 12-month rate of decline, the biggest on-year contraction since November of 20o9. December output among the common currency bloc’s five largest economies fell from end-2017 levels by […] More

Declines in Kiwi, Ruble and Turkish Lira

August 9, 2018

The dollar advanced overnight by 1.6% against the New Zealand dollar, 0.9% versus the Russian ruble, and some 2.5% vis-a-vis the Turkish lira. Not only did the latest review of New Zealand monetary policy end with leaving the Official Cash Rate at 1.75%, half its level prior to the June 2015 first of 7 reductions, […] More

No Plans to Lift New Zealand’s Official Cash Rate Anytime Soon

June 28, 2018

The best contribution we can make to maximising sustainable employment, and maintaining low and stable inflation, is to ensure the OCR is at an expansionary level for a considerable period. So concludes today’s Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s released statement following the decision to retain the OCR at a record low of 1.75%. The OCR […] More

Reserve Bank of New Zealand

May 10, 2018

A more dovish than expected statement released after New Zealand’s official cash rate (OCR) was kept at 1.75% predicts that “a considerable period of time” will pass before the OCR is raised and even asserts that, “The direction of our next move is equally balanced, up or down. Only time and events will tell.” Seven […] More

Reserve Bank of New Zealand Cash Rate Remains 1.75%

March 22, 2018

Seven consecutive cuts in the Official Cash Rate between June 2015 and November 2016 halved such to 1.75%, and a statement following the latest policy review opines that the stance is likely to remain accommodative “for a considerable period” longer. Partly because of weather, economic growth last quarter was slower than expected, but central bank […] More