Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Investors Spooked Ahead of Today’s FOMC Minutes, Not Reacting Immediately to Other Data

August 17, 2022

FOMC Minutes due at 14:00 EDT are expected to accentuate the primacy of restoring price stability even if that means a continuing rapid rise of interest rates amid a slowing economy. The dollar, which has done well in times when the mood has turned risk averse, advanced overnight by 1.2% against the Australian dollar, 0.9% […] More

New Zealand and South Korean Central Bank Interest Rates Lifted by 50 Basis Points

July 13, 2022

Central Banks in New Zealand and South Korea had hiked interest rates by 50 basis points today. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s Official Cash Rate was raised to 2.50%, its highest level since early 2016 and up from a pandemic low of 0.25%. Three increases of 25 basis points have now been followed by […] More

New Zealand Interest Rate Hike

May 25, 2022

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s official cash rate was raised by the expected amount, 50 basis points to 2.0%, but the released statement ramps up the commitment to restoring price stability. The Committee is resolute in its commitment to ensure consumer price inflation returns to within the 1 to 3 percent target range. Consistent […] More

Stronger Dollar After Another U.S. Gun Massacre

May 25, 2022

The dollar strengthened 0.4% overnight on a weighted basis, rising 0.7% against the euro, 0.6% versus the Australian dollar, 0.4% vis-a-vis the Swiss franc, and 09.3% relative to the Canadian dollar, Russian ruble, Mexican peso and sterling. U.S. stock indices are essentially flat in futures trading, and so is the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield. The […] More

Fourth New Zealand Central Bank Rate Hike Larger than the Others

April 13, 2022

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s Official Cash Rate has been raised twice as much as was expected this month. Today’s increase of 50 basis points followed three 25-basis point moves last October, November and February. CPI inflation in New Zealand increased to 5.9% last quarter, well above target, from 4.2% in 3Q, 3.3% in […] More

Rising Inflation Lifts Interest Rates, the Dollar and the Price of Gold

April 13, 2022

The hope is that March might see inflation crest, but investors have heard that story before only to be disappointed. Fresh on the heals of yesterday’s U.S. March CPI data (a 483-month high of 8.5% in the total index and a 475-month 6.5% high of core CPI), U.S. producer price data arrive today. The Federal […] More

New Zealand Interest Rate Hike

February 23, 2022

The 25-basis point hike in the Reserve Bank of New Zealand‘s Official Cash Rate to 1.0% follows similar hikes last October and November and completes the reversal of the 75 basis points of pandemic easing engineered in mid-March 2020. A released statement leaves no doubt that considerable further monetary tightening will be necessary. By two […] More

A Market Pause While Waiting for Other Shoes to Drop

February 23, 2022

Continental European share prices are up 0.6-0.9% so far today in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Futures trading in the S&P 500 and Nasdaq point to rebounds of 0.6% and 1.0%. In Pac Rim stock market trading, China and Indonesia closed up 0.9%, Hong Kong and Australian recovered 0.6%, and Japan didn’t trade due […] More

A Second Hike of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s Official Cash Rate

November 24, 2021

An initial OCR increase of 25 basis points had been done in October, and such has been followed by a second hike of same size to 0.75%. The rate had been previouslyat a record low of 0.25% from mid-March 2020.  A released statement sees continuing reductions in monetary stimulus. Capacity pressures have continued to tighten. […] More

Reserve Bank of New Zealand Raises OCR

October 6, 2021

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s Official Cash Rate was doubled to 0.50% in the first increase since June 2014. A statement released by the Monetary Policy Committee there warns that “the economy contracted sharply during the recent nationwide health-related lockdown” but identifies “cause for concern in that inflation expectations appear to have begun rising […] More