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Negative OCR on the way: ASB and ANZ

ASB and ANZ have revised their forecast for the official cash rate and predict we will get negative rates next year. 

Tuesday, August 18th 2020, 8:44AM

The resurgence of Covid-19 in the community has prompted a rethink from the top four lenders.

The Reserve Bank pledged to lift the cap of its quantitative easing programme last week, while leaving the door open to negative rates once banks are ready to implement them.

ASB says the OCR will fall to -0.5% in April next year, potentially staying put until 2022.

The lender believes the Reserve Bank will also kick-start a direct lending programme to retail banks, lowering their borrowing costs.

ASB economists believe the Auckland lockdown will push the central bank towards lowering the OCR further.

"The recent return to lockdown conditions reinforces that risk to the RBNZ’s growth outlook," the ASB team, led by Nick Tuffley, said.

"The key message from the RBNZ last week was that they are prepared to pull out all the stops to get NZ interest rates lower and support the economy," the economists added. "The Bank’s quantitative easing programme was ramped up by more than anyone expected and the chances we see negative interest rates next year are now much higher."

ANZ also changed its forecast. The bank expects a 50 basis point cut to -0.25% in April 2021. "Beyond that, further easing is possible, but there are constraints on the OCR going below -0.75%," ANZ economists added.

Negative rates will lead to further downward pressure on retail interest rates and term deposits, though neither are expected to fall into negative territory as a result of a negative OCR.

ASB and ANZ join Westpac in predicting a negative OCR. BNZ gives a "50-50" chance of a negative central bank rate. 

Mortgage rates continue to plummet this week. TSB is the latest to slash rates, offering a one year fixed rate at 2.49%.

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AIA 4.55 2.55 2.69 2.79
ANZ 4.44 3.15 3.25 3.39
ANZ Special - 2.55 2.69 2.79
ASB Bank 4.45 2.55 2.69 2.79
Bluestone 3.49 3.49 3.49 3.49
BNZ - Classic - 2.55 2.69 2.79
BNZ - Mortgage One 5.15 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 4.60 - - -
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 4.55 3.15 3.29 3.39
BNZ - TotalMoney 4.55 - - -
CFML Loans 4.95 - - -
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China Construction Bank 4.49 4.70 4.80 4.95
China Construction Bank Special - 2.65 2.65 2.80
Credit Union Auckland 5.45 - - -
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 3.95 2.89 2.97 3.39
Heartland Bank - Online - - - -
Heretaunga Building Society 4.99 3.85 3.95 -
HSBC Premier 4.49 2.45 2.60 2.65
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
HSBC Special - - - -
ICBC 3.69 ▼2.45 2.65 2.79
Kainga Ora 4.43 2.93 3.07 3.24
Kiwibank 3.40 3.30 3.54 3.54
Kiwibank - Offset 3.40 - - -
Kiwibank Special 3.40 2.55 2.79 2.79
Liberty 5.69 - - -
Nelson Building Society 4.95 3.45 3.49 -
Pepper Essential 4.79 - - -
Resimac 3.39 3.35 2.99 3.35
SBS Bank 4.54 3.05 3.19 3.25
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
SBS Bank Special - 2.55 2.69 2.75
The Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ 4.40 2.55 2.69 2.79
The Co-operative Bank - Standard 4.40 3.05 3.19 3.29
TSB Bank 5.34 3.29 3.45 3.59
TSB Special 4.54 2.49 2.65 2.79
Wairarapa Building Society 4.99 3.55 3.49 -
Westpac 4.59 3.15 3.29 3.39
Westpac - Offset 4.59 - - -
Westpac Special - 2.55 2.69 2.79
Median 4.55 3.00 3.13 3.02

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