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Why negative rates might not be needed

The Reserve Bank's Funding for Lending Programme makes aggressive official cash rate cuts less likely, according to economists. 

Monday, November 16th 2020, 7:37AM

The $28 billion programme to push down retail interest rates launches next month, meaning cheaper home loans, business loans, and individual interest rates.

The unconventional plan, similar to Australia's lending facility for banks, means the RBNZ is less likely to make aggressive cuts to the official cash rate, according to economists.

FLP is likely to do much of the heavy lifting on interest rates.

As such ASB economists have revised their prediction of negative rates, and predict no changes "for the foreseeable future".

"This reflects our view that the RBNZ’s Funding for Lending Programme (FLP) will be successful, as well as ongoing resilience on the part of the domestic economy," the bank's team said in their latest report.

ANZ chief economist Sharon Zollner expects "a more gradual path" for the OCR now the FLP is set to be rolled out. 

"Whether a negative OCR will be deployed at all is much more of a line-ball call," she said. 

Zollner also pointed to the Reserve Bank's "more recent positive domestic news".

The Reserve Bank's "unconstrained OCR", the projected level of stimulus needed to meet the central bank's objectives, is now higher, with a low of -1.5% instead of -2.4% previously.

Wholesale markets lifted 10-20 basis points last week to predict slightly higher interest rates next year.

Zollner called the market moves "overdone".

"It is entirely possible that a negative OCR will not be needed, but on balance, the outlook is still consistent with a bit more stimulus in time," she added.

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Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
AIA 4.55 2.55 2.69 2.79
ANZ 4.44 3.09 3.25 3.39
ANZ Special - 2.49 2.69 2.79
ASB Bank 4.45 2.49 2.59 2.65
Bluestone 3.49 3.49 3.49 3.49
BNZ - Classic - 2.49 2.69 2.79
BNZ - Mortgage One 5.15 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 4.60 - - -
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 4.55 3.09 3.29 3.39
BNZ - TotalMoney 4.55 - - -
CFML Loans 4.95 - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
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 2.50 1.99 2.35 2.45
Heretaunga Building Society 4.99 3.50 3.40 -
HSBC Premier 4.49 2.25 2.35 2.65
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
HSBC Special - - - -
ICBC 3.69 2.45 ▼2.45 ▼2.65
Kainga Ora 4.43 2.93 3.07 3.24
Kainga Ora - First Home Buyer Special - 2.25 - -
Kiwibank 3.40 3.30 3.50 3.50
Kiwibank - Offset 3.40 - - -
Kiwibank Special 3.40 2.55 2.65 2.65
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
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
SBS Bank 4.54 2.99 ▼3.09 ▼3.15
SBS Bank Special - 2.49 ▼2.59 ▼2.65
The Co-operative Bank - First Home Special - - - -
The Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ 4.40 2.49 2.69 2.79
The Co-operative Bank - Standard 4.40 2.99 3.19 3.29
TSB Bank 5.34 3.29 3.29 3.59
TSB Special 4.54 2.49 2.49 2.79
Wairarapa Building Society 4.99 3.55 3.49 -
Westpac 4.59 3.09 3.29 3.39
Westpac - Offset 4.59 - - -
Westpac Special - 2.49 2.69 2.79
Median 4.55 2.94 3.07 2.80

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