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Pretty benign economic news

The pre-election economic update from Treasury yesterday had no big surprises and appears to have done little to change any forecasts around future interest rate moves. Perhaps the more important release was the Reserve Bank's survey of inflation expectations. As usual, the big focus was on respondents’ views on annual CPI inflation. For the year ahead these eased from 2.08% to to 1.96%, while the forecast for two years ahead was moderated from 2.36% to 2.23%. This put the one-year view close to the mid-point of the RBNZ’s 1.0 to 3.0% target range, while the two-year view was still riding a bit above this.

The only home loan rate changes today are little ones to Housing New Zealand's offers.

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OCR cut to 6.25 per cent

The Reserve Bank has surprised much of the market by cutting interest rates, saying that medium term inflation pressures now looked more likely to ease than to build.

Wednesday, March 14th 2001, 9:57AM

by Paul McBeth

The Reserve Bank has surprised much of the market by cutting interest rates, saying that medium term inflation pressures now looked more likely to ease than to build.

The Official Cash Rate, which has a direct bearing on floating and short-term fixed mortgage rates, was cut from 6.50 per cent to 6.25 per cent at this morning's review. However, 12 out of 16 economists polled last week were expecting the rate to remain unchanged, with the ASB Bank saying in a preview released yesterday that "from an inflation point of view, there is little reason to be easing monetary policy yet".

Reserve Bank Governor Don Brash said today's reduction in the OCR had been a finely balanced decision and further cuts were not inevitable, as there were still risks that inflation would turn out to be more persistent than projected in the Bank's latest Monetary Policy Statement.

However, he said that while most inflation measures had been accelerating, recent events suggested that by the time today's monetary policy settings had an effect, inflation pressures would actually be easing.

"For one thing, it now seems likely that headline inflation will retreat from four per cent quite quickly, reducing the risk of a spill-over into wage and price setting behaviour," Brash said.

"For another, and more importantly, the international economy is slowing down faster than we previously thought. That slowdown will in time impact on our strongly performing export sector, and consequently ease inflation pressure."

Brash said that, at this stage, the RB didn't know how severe the international slowdown might be or how long it would last. "If the slowdown turns out to be relatively brief or if New Zealand's export prices hold up despite that slowdown, any substantial easing of monetary policy in New Zealand would be quite inappropriate."

Paul is a staff writer for Good Returns based in Wellington.

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Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
AMP Home Loans 7.24 5.99 6.39 6.65
AMP Home Loans $200k+ 7.14 5.89 6.29 6.55
AMP Home Loans LVR <80% - - 5.85 6.29
ANZ 6.74 6.05 6.49 6.65
ANZ LVR > 90 6.74 6.55 6.99 7.15
ANZ Special - - 5.99 -
ASB Bank 6.75 6.09 6.40 6.65
ASB Bank Special - - 5.99 -
BankDirect 6.75 6.09 6.99 6.65
BankDirect Special - - 5.99 -
BNZ - Classic - - 5.99 6.25
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
BNZ - GlobalPlus 6.74 5.99 6.39 6.59
BNZ - Mortgage One 7.15 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 6.74 - - -
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 6.74 5.99 6.39 6.59
BNZ - TotalMoney 6.74 - - -
Credit Union Auckland 6.70 - - -
Credit Union Baywide 6.45 5.90 6.50 -
Credit Union North 6.45 - - -
Credit Union South 5.75 - - -
eMortgage 6.04 6.15 6.69 7.19
Finance Direct 6.10 6.45 6.69 7.10
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
First Credit Union 6.45 - - -
General Finance 5.95 6.25 6.50 7.10
HBS Bank 6.15 5.85 5.99 6.25
HBS Special - - - 5.95
Heartland 6.45 6.75 7.00 7.60
Heretaunga Building Society 6.25 5.85 6.50 -
Housing NZ Corp ▲6.74 ▼5.99 ▼6.19 6.60
HSBC Premier 6.84 5.95 ▼5.95 ▲6.55
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
HSBC Special - - - -
ICBC 6.75 5.99 6.39 -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Kiwibank 6.40 5.99 6.39 6.65
Kiwibank - Capped 5.65 6.50 - -
Kiwibank - Offset 6.30 - - -
Kiwibank LVR > 80% - - 5.99 -
Liberty 5.64 - - -
Napier Building Society 5.80 6.00 6.70 -
Nelson Building Society 6.95 6.15 6.60 -
NZ Home Loans 6.85 6.09 6.40 6.65
Perpetual Trust 7.70 - - -
RESIMAC - lo doc 7.59 7.06 7.38 7.82
RESIMAC LVR < 80% 6.59 6.06 6.38 6.82
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
RESIMAC LVR < 85% 7.59 7.06 7.38 7.82
RESIMAC LVR < 90% 8.59 8.06 8.38 8.82
SBS Bank 6.15 5.85 5.99 6.25
SBS Bank Special - - - 5.95
Silver Fern 5.95 6.10 6.55 7.05
Sovereign 6.85 6.09 6.40 6.65
Sovereign Special - - 5.99 -
The Co-operative Bank 6.70 6.00 6.00 6.25
TSB Bank 6.74 6.00 6.19 6.60
TSB Special - - 5.80 -
Wairarapa Building Society 6.20 5.75 5.95 -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Westpac 6.59 6.09 6.39 6.65
Westpac - Capped rates - 6.74 6.99 -
Westpac - Offset 6.59 - - -
Westpac Special - - 5.99 -
Median 6.70 6.06 6.39 6.65

Last updated: 20 August 2014 11:36am

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