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OCR cut to 2.5%

The Reserve Bank has, this morning, cut the Official Cash Rate, and warns further cuts are unlikely.

Thursday, December 10th 2015, 9:01AM 1 Comment

Home loan rates, particularly floating rates, will fall following the Reserve Bank’s decision today to cut the OCR.

The prospects of further OCR cuts looks unlikely, although some economists, such as those at ASB have flagged further cuts.

The Reserve Bank said its goal is to get inflation into the middle of its 1-3% target range, and the current settings should achieve that.

“Monetary policy needs to be accommodative to help ensure that future average inflation settles near the middle of the target range. We expect to achieve this at current interest rate settings, although the Bank will reduce rates if circumstances warrant.”

As usual it will “continue to watch closely the emerging flow of economic data.”

Currently inflation is low running at 0.4%

The RBNZ says that inflation is below the target range mainly due to the earlier strength of the New Zealand dollar, and the 65% fall in world oil prices since mid-2014.

It forecasts the inflation rate will move inside the target band in the first three months of next year as the oil price declines will fall out of the annual calculations and the lower dollar will be reflected in higher tradable prices.

While further OCR cuts look unlikely, there aren’t likely to be any increases soon.

In its forecasts the RBNZ projects the yearly average 90-day bill rate will be 3% in 2016, and 2.6% in the following two years.

It has sat at 3.6% this year.

The key economic factors behind the Bank’s decision to cut the OCR relate to the global economic situation, a softening New Zealand economy, a rising dollar and strong immigration.

Growth in the New Zealand economy has softened over the year, it says, mainly due to lower terms of trade. The slowdown has seen an increase in spare capacity and unemployment.

In its Monetary Policy Statement the RBNZ highlights four key risks and outlines what they could mean for future interest rate tracks. They are:

  • High net immigration continues
  • El Nino conditions lead to a drought
  • Export prices fall further
  • Consumers spend more freely

If any of these risks play out the RBNZ would respond differently to what it Is currently forecasting.

The biggest changes would be brought about by demand-side scenarios. For instance if consumption picked up then monetary policy would be tightened and the 90-day bill rate could rise from 2.6% to 3.2% in the next couple of years.

Conversely if export prices fell then the 90-day interest rates could fall to below 2.2%.

The supply developments, stronger immigration and a drought, are more neutral for monetary policy.

What the Reserve Bank said today

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Comments from our readers

On 10 December 2015 at 10:21 am AFA Muggins said:
The central banks follow the trading banks, not the other way around.

During the GFC, the trading banks increased the margin between the floating rate and OCR to a record high,and never dropped it back.

Any movement by the trading banks after this cut will be token.

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Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
AIA 4.55 ▲2.85 ▲3.25 3.55
ANZ 4.44 ▲3.20 ▲3.59 ▲4.00
ANZ Blueprint to Build 1.68 - - -
ANZ Special - ▲2.60 ▲2.99 ▲3.40
ASB Back My Build 1.79 - - -
ASB Bank 4.45 ▲2.85 ▲3.25 3.55
Basecorp Finance 5.49 - - -
Bluestone 3.49 3.34 2.99 3.34
BNZ - Classic - ▲2.85 ▲3.25 ▲3.55
BNZ - Mortgage One 5.15 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 4.60 - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 4.55 ▲3.45 ▲3.85 ▲4.15
BNZ - TotalMoney 4.55 - - -
CFML Loans 4.95 - - -
China Construction Bank 4.49 4.70 4.80 4.95
China Construction Bank Special - 2.65 2.65 2.80
Credit Union Auckland 5.95 - - -
Credit Union Baywide 5.65 3.95 3.85 -
Credit Union South 5.65 3.95 3.85 -
First Credit Union Special 5.85 2.95 3.45 -
Heartland Bank - Online 2.25 1.85 2.35 2.65
Heretaunga Building Society 4.99 3.80 3.90 -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
HSBC Premier 4.49 2.19 2.45 2.69
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
HSBC Special - 2.25 - -
ICBC 3.69 2.35 2.75 3.05
Kainga Ora 4.43 2.88 3.28 3.59
Kainga Ora - First Home Buyer Special - 2.25 - -
Kiwibank 3.75 ▲3.80 ▲4.00 4.34
Kiwibank - Offset 3.75 - - -
Kiwibank Special 3.75 ▲2.95 ▲3.15 3.49
Liberty 5.69 - - -
Nelson Building Society 4.95 2.99 3.24 -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Pepper Essential 4.79 - - -
Resimac 3.39 2.98 2.79 3.29
SBS Bank 4.54 2.99 3.39 3.59
SBS Bank Special - 2.49 2.89 3.09
Select Home Loans 3.49 3.34 2.99 3.34
The Co-operative Bank - First Home Special - ▲2.65 - -
The Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ 4.40 ▲2.85 ▲3.25 ▲3.49
The Co-operative Bank - Standard 4.40 ▲3.35 ▲3.75 ▲3.99
TSB Bank 5.34 3.35 3.75 4.05
TSB Special 4.54 2.55 2.95 3.25
Wairarapa Building Society 4.99 3.55 3.49 -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Westpac 4.59 ▲3.45 ▲3.85 4.09
Westpac - Offset 4.59 - - -
Westpac Special - ▲2.85 ▲3.25 3.49
Median 4.54 2.95 3.25 3.49

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