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RBNZ signals rates hikes coming

Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard left interest rates on hold but gave strong signals that increases are coming soon.

Thursday, July 28th 2011, 9:14AM 5 Comments

In his OCR statement today  he said:  "Provided current global financial risks recede and the economy continues to recover, the bank sees little need for the March 2011 "insurance" cut to remain in place much longer."

In March the bank made an emergency cut of 50 basis points in response to the Canterbury earth quakes and described the move as "insurance" against a possible collapse in confidence.

The OCR has today been left at its record low of 2.50%.

Economists surveyed by www.goodreturns.co.nz before today's announcements were already starting to factor in OCR increases earlier than their previous forecasts of the first half of 2012.

 

in his brief four paragraph statement today Bollard said the economy had grown more strongly than expected and the recovery appeared to be getting back on track.

"The economy has grown more strongly than was expected, and it appears that the recovery is getting back on track, supported by a strong terms of trade.

"At the same time, however, current fragility in global financial markets, including the uncertainty around the US Government's debt ceiling, continues to highlight the downside risk to trading partner activity noted in the June statement," Bollard said.

"Annual headline CPI inflation continues to be above the bank's 1-3% target bank. However, much of the current spike in inflation has been driven by the October 2010 increase in the rate of GST, and will therefore be temporary.

"Wage and price setters should focus on underlying inflation, which is currently estimated to be below 2.5%.

"Provided current global financial risks recede and the economy continues to recover, the Bank sees little need for the March 2011 ‘insurance' cut to remain in place much longer."

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On 28 July 2011 at 9:55 am Jim said:
There was an additional paragraph in Governor Bollard's speech which wasn't included in the commentary above,"The current very high value of the New Zealand dollar is acting as a drag on the New Zealand economy. If this persists, it is likely to reduce the need for further OCR increases in the short term.”
On 28 July 2011 at 11:12 am Darcy Ungaro said:
If mortgage interest cost was included in CPI 'basket of goods and services', then I suspect the CPI would actually indicate DEFLATION! There is no way that OCR SHOULD be increased this year - but it is looking more likely it will - not due to sound monetary policy, but due to public perception of a rebounding economy led by NZ media.
On 28 July 2011 at 11:15 am Darcy Ungaro said:
If mortgage interest cost was included in CPI 'basket of goods and services', then I suspect the CPI would actually indicate DEFLATION! There is no way that OCR SHOULD be increased this year - but it is looking more likely it will - not due to sound monetary policy, but due to public perception of a rebounding economy led by NZ media.
On 28 July 2011 at 6:44 pm Liz Tento Wizdom said:
You can say that again Darcy !
On 29 July 2011 at 10:11 am Darcy Ungaro said:
no, twice for one day is enough ;)
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ANZ 5.19 3.95 4.15 4.49
ANZ Special - 3.45 3.65 3.99
ASB Bank 5.20 3.89 4.05 4.39
ASB Bank Special - 3.39 3.55 3.89
Bluestone 4.44 4.44 4.29 4.34
BNZ - Classic - 3.49 3.55 3.89
BNZ - Mortgage One 5.90 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 5.35 - - -
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 5.30 4.45 4.35 4.55
BNZ - TotalMoney 5.30 - - -
China Construction Bank 5.50 4.70 4.80 4.95
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
China Construction Bank Special - 3.19 3.19 3.19
Credit Union Auckland 5.95 - - -
Credit Union Baywide 5.65 4.75 4.75 -
Credit Union North 6.45 - - -
Credit Union South 5.65 4.75 4.75 -
Finance Direct - - - -
First Credit Union 5.85 3.99 4.49 -
Heartland 6.70 7.00 7.25 7.85
Heartland Bank - Online - - - -
Heretaunga Building Society 5.75 4.65 4.80 -
HSBC Premier 5.24 3.54 3.20 3.69
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
HSBC Special - - - -
ICBC 5.15 3.18 3.18 3.20
Kainga Ora 5.18 3.97 4.05 4.39
Kiwibank 5.15 4.20 4.30 4.64
Kiwibank - Capped - - - -
Kiwibank - Offset 5.15 - - -
Kiwibank Special - 3.45 3.55 3.89
Liberty 5.69 - - -
Napier Building Society - - - -
Nelson Building Society 5.70 4.25 4.15 -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Pepper Money Near Prime 5.64 - 5.44 5.44
Pepper Money Prime 5.18 - 4.98 4.98
Pepper Money Specialist 7.59 - 7.39 7.39
Resimac 4.50 4.45 3.89 3.94
RESIMAC Special - - - -
SBS Bank 5.29 4.85 5.05 5.49
SBS Bank Special - 3.39 3.55 3.89
Sovereign 5.30 3.89 4.05 4.39
Sovereign Special - 3.39 3.55 3.89
The Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ 5.15 3.49 3.59 3.89
The Co-operative Bank - Standard 5.15 3.99 4.09 4.39
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
TSB Bank 6.09 4.19 4.35 4.69
TSB Special 5.29 3.39 3.55 3.89
Wairarapa Building Society 5.50 3.95 4.05 -
Westpac 5.34 4.15 4.09 4.49
Westpac - Offset 5.34 - - -
Westpac Special - 3.39 3.55 3.99
Median 5.34 3.96 4.09 4.39

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