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Focus on tone, not content, of OCR call this week

An official cash rate cut this week would come as a major surprise to all economists.

Monday, May 8th 2017, 6:00AM 1 Comment

by Susan Edmunds

A Good Returns poll shows economists are unanimous in their expectation that the Reserve Bank will keep the rate at 1.75% this Thursday.

Nick Tuffley, of ASB, said he was “99% sure” there would be no movement. He and Robin Clements, of UBS, said it would take a major global economic shock to change the OCR at the moment.

Clements said the focus this week would be on whether the Reserve Bank maintained its neutral stance. “We believe they will.”

Kiwibank’s economists agreed it would be the tone of the statement rather than the decision that captured the most attention.

“While we still expect the OCR to be on hold for a while yet, there have been several key data developments that have prompted us bring forward our view on the timing for an OCR hike. We now expect to see the RBNZ start lifting the OCR at the end of 2018, as opposed to mid-2019.”

At Westpac, economists said the challenge for the Reserve Bank was to keep inflation on target.

“Headline inflation has reached the 2% mark much sooner than expected, though partly due to some temporary factors that will wane over the coming year. Still, measures of underlying inflation have also been picking up for the last year or so, which suggests that the RBNZ will need to move away from the current loose monetary policy settings at some point.”

The economists surveyed expected the first increases to come in mid or late 2018.

“We expect the RBNZ’s interest rate projections to be more consistent with an OCR hike by late 2018. This would probably be neutral for financial markets on the day; an earlier start than previously signalled, but stopping short of endorsing market pricing for a hike by March next year,” Westpac's team said.

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On 9 May 2017 at 4:03 pm AFA Muggins said:
Interesting though that the banks have just put their rates up this week. Of course the banks always state higher costs from getting funds overseas etc, yet we have the most profitable banks in the world with some of the highest ratings, the exchange rate has been in their favour in last few years and the margin they charge since the GFC is still about 50% higher than it was before the GFC.

Most be heaven being a bank. Meanwhile society is getting killed with debt.

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Mortgage Rates Table

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Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
AIA - Back My Build 6.19 - - -
AIA - Go Home Loans 8.74 7.24 6.75 6.65
ANZ 8.64 7.84 7.39 7.25
ANZ Blueprint to Build 7.39 - - -
ANZ Good Energy - - - 1.00
ANZ Special - 7.24 6.79 6.65
ASB Bank 8.64 7.24 6.75 6.65
ASB Better Homes Top Up - - - 1.00
Avanti Finance 9.15 - - -
Basecorp Finance 9.60 - - -
Bluestone 9.24 - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
BNZ - Classic - 7.24 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 7.84 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 - 7.04 - -
Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ 8.40 7.24 6.79 6.65
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Co-operative Bank - Standard 8.40 7.74 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 6.69 6.45 6.19
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 6.75 6.59
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Kainga Ora 8.64 7.79 7.39 7.25
Kainga Ora - First Home Buyer Special - - - -
Kiwibank 8.50 8.25 7.79 7.55
Kiwibank - Offset 8.50 - - -
Kiwibank Special - 7.25 6.79 6.65
Liberty 8.59 8.69 8.79 8.94
Nelson Building Society 9.00 7.75 7.35 -
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
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Resimac - LVR < 90% 9.84 9.09 8.59 8.29
Resimac - Specialist Clear (Alt Doc) - - 8.99 -
Resimac - Specialist Clear (Full Doc) - - 9.49 -
SBS Bank 8.74 7.84 7.45 7.25
SBS Bank Special - 7.24 6.85 6.65
SBS Construction lending for FHB - - - -
SBS FirstHome Combo 6.19 6.74 - -
SBS FirstHome Combo - - - -
SBS Unwind reverse equity 9.95 - - -
Select Home Loans 9.24 - - -
TSB Bank 9.44 8.04 7.55 7.45
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
TSB Special 8.64 7.24 6.75 6.65
Unity 8.64 6.99 6.79 -
Unity First Home Buyer special - - 6.45 -
Wairarapa Building Society 8.60 6.95 6.85 -
Westpac 8.64 7.89 7.35 7.25
Westpac Choices Everyday 8.74 - - -
Westpac Offset 8.64 - - -
Westpac Special - 7.29 6.75 6.65
Median 8.64 7.29 7.32 6.65

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