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OCR held, but for how long?

The Reserve Bank has, as expected, kept its official cash rate at its historic low of 2.5%, but again warned increases are coming.

Thursday, December 12th 2013, 9:02AM 2 Comments

 


While it hasn’t indicated when the OCR will rise, it said in its statement today, that “the bank will increase the OCR as needed in order to keep future average inflation near the 2% target midpoint.”
Elsewhere it notes that annual CPI inflation increased to 1.4% in the September quarter and inflation pressures are expected to increase. It says this number is well above the 1% inflation had been running at over the past year.
The bank says, in its Monetary Policy Statement, that there had been an expectation that growth in the economy would absorb spare capacity and begin putting upward pressure on inflation.
The factors which are going to impact on inflation area the exchange rate, changes in commodity prices and “the degree to which momentum in the housing market and construction activity spills over into broader cost and price pressures.”
It fully expects the annual CPI inflation to rise towards the mid-point of the one to three percent target range and that is likely to trigger an OCR increase.

Housing concerns amplified
The Reserve Bank says that house prices have risen by 18% over the past two years.
Because of factors including low interest rates, population growth and region-specific supply demand issues, house price inflation is likely to “persist than longer than assumed at the time of the (previous) statement.”
However it does say that the risks around this outlook are “broadly balanced.”
The bank suggests that property buyers in Auckland are not been driven by rising demand for accommodation, rather a desire to purchase.
It says there is a shortfall of accommodation in Auckland but this maybe less than previously thought.
“While rental inflation has been somewhat stronger in Auckland than elsewhere, house price rises in Auckland have substantially outpaced rental inflation.”
“This suggests that demand to purchase houses in Auckland might be rising more quickly than the demand for accommodation.”

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On 12 December 2013 at 9:13 pm gavin said:
I personally think the Reserve Bank talks a load of crap. Here in Hawkes bay the house prices have stayed stationary so where do they get there figures from ?
On 14 December 2013 at 4:32 am Bob Smith said:
Just moved from NZ and sold house in Otaki. 18% increase? I suffered a $100k loss from our RV, so maybe only Auckland and Canterbury - rest of NZ their is certainly no house price inflation, only stagnation and losses.

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AIA - Go Home Loans 8.74 7.14 6.75 6.39
ANZ 8.64 7.74 7.39 7.25
ANZ Blueprint to Build 7.39 - - -
ANZ Good Energy - - - 1.00
ANZ Special - 7.14 6.79 6.65
ASB Bank 8.64 7.14 6.75 6.39
ASB Better Homes Top Up - - - 1.00
Avanti Finance 9.15 - - -
Basecorp Finance 9.60 - - -
Bluestone 9.24 - - -
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BNZ - Classic - 7.14 6.79 6.65
BNZ - Green Home Loan top-ups - - - 1.00
BNZ - Mortgage One 8.69 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 8.69 - - -
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 8.69 7.74 7.39 7.25
BNZ - TotalMoney 8.69 - - -
CFML Loans 9.45 - - -
China Construction Bank - 7.09 6.75 6.49
China Construction Bank Special - - - -
Co-operative Bank - First Home Special - 6.79 - -
Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ 8.40 6.99 6.79 6.65
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Co-operative Bank - Standard 8.40 7.49 7.29 7.15
Credit Union Auckland 7.70 - - -
First Credit Union Special - 7.45 7.35 -
First Credit Union Standard 8.50 7.99 7.85 -
Heartland Bank - Online 7.99 6.89 6.55 6.35
Heartland Bank - Reverse Mortgage - - - -
Heretaunga Building Society 8.90 7.60 7.40 -
HSBC Premier 8.59 - - -
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
HSBC Special - - - -
ICBC 7.85 7.05 6.69 6.59
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Kainga Ora 8.64 ▼7.74 ▼7.35 ▼6.99
Kainga Ora - First Home Buyer Special - - - -
Kiwibank 8.50 7.99 7.79 7.55
Kiwibank - Offset 8.50 - - -
Kiwibank Special - 6.99 6.79 6.65
Liberty 8.59 8.69 8.79 8.94
Nelson Building Society 9.00 7.65 7.25 -
Pepper Money Advantage 10.49 - - -
Pepper Money Easy 8.69 - - -
Pepper Money Essential 8.29 - - -
Resimac - LVR < 80% 8.84 8.09 7.59 7.29
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Resimac - Specialist Clear (Alt Doc) - - 8.99 -
Resimac - Specialist Clear (Full Doc) - - 9.49 -
SBS Bank 8.74 7.74 ▼7.09 ▲6.95
SBS Bank Special - 7.14 ▼6.49 ▲6.35
SBS Construction lending for FHB - - - -
SBS FirstHome Combo 6.19 6.14 - -
SBS FirstHome Combo - - - -
SBS Unwind reverse equity 9.95 - - -
Select Home Loans 9.24 - - -
TSB Bank 9.44 7.79 7.55 7.45
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Unity First Home Buyer special - 6.55 6.45 -
Wairarapa Building Society 8.60 6.95 6.85 -
Westpac 8.64 7.84 7.35 6.99
Westpac Choices Everyday 8.74 - - -
Westpac Offset 8.64 - - -
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Median 8.64 7.19 7.17 6.65

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