Reserve Bank of New Zealand

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

Inflation Surprises Persisting, Central Banks Reacting, and Investors Fretting about What Lies Just Ahead

October 6, 2021

Against the backdrop of  central banks reacting to higher-than-forecast inflation, the dollar continues to be a well-bid currency. The weighted DXY dollar index came within a 0.05-point whisker overnight of matching its 52-week high set last November. The U.S. currency also rose 1.1% against the kiwi and Mexican peso, 0.7% versus the euro and Aussie […] More

Cloudy Picture: Inflation Still Elevated but Delta Variant Poses Growth Risk

August 18, 2021

Central bankers and private investors are continuing to balance the pressures of elevated inflation on the one hand but a less certain strong recovery on the other. This has made for choppy markets. Overnight movements in the dollar were narrowly mixed, with net dips of 0.2% against sterling and 0.1% relative to the euro, loonie, […] More

New Zealand Monetary Authorities to Stop an Asset Buying Program

July 14, 2021

The U.S. dollar’s most significant movement overnight has been a 1.0% decline against the New Zealand dollar, which rose following an initial tapering of monetary policy stimulus announced by the Monetary Policy Committee of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. A released statement after a scheduled policy review, opined  that, in the absence of any […] More

Data Evidence of Higher Inflation and a Setback in Industrial Production

July 14, 2021

In overnight currency market action, the weighted dollar touched its highest level (92.83) since very early in April but subsequently settled back to 0.1% below its Monday closing level. Net dollar losses so far today are 0.4% versus the Mexican peso, 0.3% relative to sterling and 0.1% versus the yen, euro, loonie and Australian dollar. […] More

Holding Pattern Ahead of U.S. Data Getting Released Tomorrow and Friday

May 26, 2021

Not much data have been released today, but action is likely to pick up later in the week with the release of several key U.S. indicators such as GDP, personal income and spending, durable goods orders, trade deficit, and U. Michigan consumer sentiment index. That said, investors have become less fearful about the risk that […] More

Monetary Policy Differences Starting to Emerge Across Nations

February 24, 2021

The dollar weakened 0.7% overnight against its closest neighbors, the Mexican peso and Canadian dollar. The greenback also fell by 0.6% versus the kiwi, 0.2% relative to the yuan, and 0.1% vis-a-vis the Australian dollar and sterling but advanced 0.6% relative to the Japanese yen and 0.3% vis-a-vis the Swiss franc. Equities were clobbered in […] More

Reserve Bank of New Zealand Adds a New Feature to Monetary Stimulus

November 11, 2020

Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s scheduled policy review.  The record low 0.25% Official Cash Rate was not changed. Such had been cut by 75 basis points last March and from as high as 3.50% prior to June 2015. Officials also reaffirmed its quantitative stimulus intended to buy a maximum of NZD 100 billion by mid-2022. […] More

Tech Stocks Rebound, Covid Cases Soaring, and a Holiday is Observed

November 11, 2020

On the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, an armistice was signed in Compiegne, France between World War I allies and Germany that ended the so-called “war to end all wars.” Each year on November 11th, that event 102 years ago is commemorated in three countries but by three different names: Armistice Day […] More

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