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Southland “standout” region for investors

11 November 2019 - Investors looking for both strong capital gains and good rental yields should head to Southland – if they heed the results of new REINZ research.

Record low rates fuel market resurgence

6 November 2019 - A widespread resurgence in value growth of late means that all eyes are now on the Reserve Bank’s next OCR call which could give the market another push.

Markets price 50% chance of OCR cut: BNZ

5 November 2019 - Financial markets are pricing in a 50% chance of an official cash rate cut next week, down from 90% odds just a week ago.

Strong growth in multi-unit dwelling consents

31 October 2019 - The number of dwelling consents being issued just keeps going up, with September seeing the highest number in any 12-month period since the year to October 1974.

Demand challenges for commercial sector

31 October 2019 - Vacancy rates in the commercial property sector are set to increase as changing economic conditions dampen demand.

Mortgage rates fall by 1.2% in 18 months: ASB

29 October 2019 - Mortgage rates have fallen from 0.6%-1.2% over the past 18 months, but borrowers should plan to deal with higher interest in the long run, according to ASB.

LVR loosening likely - ANZ

23 October 2019 - LVR restrictions were never meant to be a permanent feature of New Zealand’s housing market and ANZ economists argue that some further relaxing of them could soon be on the cards.

Return to market form

15 October 2019 - There’s been a rallying of the market with the latest REINZ data showing both sales volumes and median house prices noticeably up with the onset of Spring.

Three themes a top fund manager is watching closely

13 October 2019 - Markets are full of conflicting message at the moment. In this feature the Harbour Asset Management team explain what's happening and how the are positioning their portfolios.

Green light for property investment crowdfunding

9 October 2019 - The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has approved a secondary market for The Property Crowd and that enables the residential property crowd funder to relaunch its trading platform.

Low rates prompting shift: FMA

2 October 2019 - Low interest rates may be prompting people to switch from term deposits to investing with an adviser, research suggests.

Resimac cuts rates and lowers servicing test

1 October 2019 - Non-bank lender Resimac has cut floating and fixed mortgage rates as well as easing its servicing test for borrowers.

Experts support capital review: RBNZ

1 October 2019 - The Reserve Bank says independent international experts support its plan to introduce strict new capital rules for banks.

New listings remain limited

1 October 2019 - There was no uptick in market activity in the first full month after the Reserve Bank’s big OCR cut, with listings still at low levels, realestate.co.nz’s latest data shows.

What really makes a diversified income fund run?

1 October 2019 - It's time to take a proper look under the bonnet and find out what makes a diversified income fund run. Who else better to ask than Mint’s diversified income fund mechanic (ok Portfolio Manager) Marek Krzeczkowski to explain the components that impact the running, and ultimately the performance of these types of funds.

LVR limits slow down investors

26 September 2019 - LVR speed limits continue to have a "strong effect" on investors, according to CoreLogic, after the latest Reserve Bank data showed a drop in investor borrowing.

COMMENT: Prospects strong for yielding assets

16 September 2019 - Commercial property can offer investors better options as the search for yields intensifies so NZ Mortgages & Securities director James Kellow provides his rundown on the outlook for the commercial market.

Sales fall highlights sluggish market

13 September 2019 - The Reserve Bank’s dramatic OCR cut in August was meant to prompt a pick-up in the housing market but new REINZ data shows sales have slumped again.

Reset policies will prompt price rises - Westpac

10 September 2019 - KiwiBuild “reset” policies will boost demand, rather than supply, and that will lead to house price rises, Westpac’s economists are predicting.

Expect three more OCR cuts – ANZ

6 September 2019 - Ongoing deterioration of the growth and inflation outlook means that ANZ is predicting that the Reserve Bank will cut the Official Cash Rate (OCR) to 0.25% by May next year.

Negative bank rates – yeah right!

4 September 2019 - It’s official: the world has gone mad. In Denmark a bank is paying people to take out a home loan with them. 

Decline in value growth slows

4 September 2019 - Property value growth nationwide has been waning for months. But now QV’s latest data suggests the rate of decline is starting to ease up.

Hints of market resurgence

3 September 2019 - Lower interest rates are prompting renewed interest in the property market with Realestate.co.nz reporting a surge of activity in August.

Mortgage servicing rate cuts

2 September 2019 - Several banks have cut their servicing rates recently, with more expected to follow, and advisers believe such changes will mean more for borrowers than low rates do.

Slashing OCR has worked, economist says

28 August 2019 - The OCR is low and poised to get lower but Westpac’s chief economist doesn’t believe that means concerns about a negative OCR are warranted.

Are property investors returning to the market?

26 August 2019 - Property investors are said to be returning to the housing market, CoreLogic says but, if they are, it’s not evident in the Reserve Bank’s latest mortgage lending data.

Housing market confidence growing

26 August 2019 - The housing market could be turning a corner as a new ASB survey shows that price expectations and buyer confidence are both on the rise.

Low rates boost NZ’s housing affordability

21 August 2019 - Declining house prices and low interest rates have improved housing affordability across New Zealand over the first half of 2019, a new report from Moody’s Investors Service shows.

A tale of two cities prices

20 August 2019 - Asking prices in Auckland continue to decline while Wellington’s asking prices are still running hot, according to the latest Trade Me Property Price Index.

ASB: Rates may not get much lower

19 August 2019 - Mortgage rates are unlikely to move in "lock-step" with future Official Cash Rate cuts and will only fall "slightly" from current levels, according to economists at ASB Bank. 

DTIs still on the Reserve Bank’s radar

12 August 2019 - Almost half of Auckland first home buyers have mortgages that are over five times their annual income – and that makes debt-to-income (DTI) ratios a hot topic again.

Advisers call for servicing test rethink for borrowers

12 August 2019 - Advisers believe banks should adapt their servicing tests for borrowers after the Official Cash Rate plunged to 1%.

Improvements in affordability nationwide

9 August 2019 - Lack of affordability has long been a problem for New Zealand’s housing market, but a new report suggests the tide could be turning.

OCR cut could prompt housing market upturn

8 August 2019 - The Reserve Bank’s decision to slash the Official Cash Rate (OCR) by 0.5% to a historic low of 1.0% has shocked the financial community, but what could it mean for the housing market?

OCR will fall further: economists react to shock cut

8 August 2019 - The Official Cash Rate could drop to 0.75% or even lower this year, economists say, after the Reserve Bank slashed the OCR by an unprecedented 50 basis points.

Reserve Bank surprises markets with 1% OCR

7 August 2019 - The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has surprised economists by slashing the Official Cash Rate by 50 basis points to just 1%.

OCR will fall to 0.75%: Kiwibank

5 August 2019 - Kiwibank has changed its forecast for the Official Cash Rate and now “expects” the OCR will drop to 0.75% in this cycle.

Investor confidence in property softens

5 August 2019 - There have been some positive housing market developments of late but they haven’t served to boost investor confidence about residential rental property.

Economists unanimous on rate cut

2 August 2019 - Economists unanimously agree that the Reserve Bank will cut the Official Cash Rate to 1.25% next week, according to TMM's OCR Preview Survey.

Asking prices defy winter odds

22 July 2019 - There’s little sign of the traditional winter slowdown in Trade Me Property’s new data with strong demand pushing asking prices up in many markets around the country.

10 market predictions for the rest of 2019

28 June 2019 - It’s been an eventful year for the residential property market so far but now’s a good time to look at what might be in store for the rest of 2019, declares Core Logic senior property economist Kelvin Davidson.

Golden rates age set to last

28 May 2019 - There’s no need to worry about interest rates in connection to mortgage debt for the next few years, according to Kiwibank’s chief economist.

Gloomy expectations around Super City

27 May 2019 - Auckland house price expectations have turned negative for the first time since 2009 with a new ASB survey turning in a gloomy outlook on the market.

Don’t count on a market upturn

17 May 2019 - It’s been a spectacular run for the market but this property cycle has done its dash and recent positive developments aren’t likely to cause a major upturn, one top economist says.

Rental property confidence dims

15 May 2019 - Confidence in rental property as an investment option is flatlining nationwide – thanks to the uncertainty surrounding the housing market.

NZ sales on downbound train

14 May 2019 - There’s no escaping the downward trend in sales exposed by new REINZ data but some commentators believe last week’s OCR cut could counter the fall.

Investor lending weak in March

30 April 2019 - The latest Reserve Bank lending data reveals investors borrowed more than $1 billion in March, the highest figure since November, but a 10% fall on the same period last year.

Falling interest rates change investing landscape

9 April 2019 - A changing interest environment may mean some tough decisions ahead for investors and advisers.

Auckland a “buyers market”

4 April 2019 - Prices remain high in the Auckland region but new data from two real estate websites indicates the market has shifted to favour buyers.

COMMENT: Capital gain vs cash flow

12 March 2019 - There are two very different types of property investors and the introduction of a capital gains tax would affect one far more than the other, explains veteran property investor Graeme Fowler.

A good time to buy?

15 February 2019 - There’s slowing price growth and subdued sales nationwide – and yet a new survey shows the number of people who think it’s a good time to buy a house is at a five and a half year high.

Time of change: 2019 forecast

15 January 2019 - New Zealand’s property market might be in a better place than Australia’s but investors still need to brace themselves for major change in 2019.

Mortgage lending to investors plummets

20 December 2018 - Investors may not be selling up en masse but they aren’t buying either – going by new data which shows the amount getting mortgage lending has dropped significantly.

Ring-fencing Bill hits Parliament

7 December 2018 - [UPDATED] The Bill which will put an end to the practice of negative gearing on investment properties has now been introduced into Parliament.

Rates fall boosting housing market - Westpac

15 November 2018 - Mortgage rates have fallen to record lows recently and the housing market is perking up as result – but it won’t last, Westpac’s chief economist says.

House buyer sentiment hits 5 year high

12 November 2018 - Growing numbers of New Zealanders think the times are improving for those wanting to buy a house, ASB’s latest Housing Confidence Survey shows.

Growth cycle not over yet

1 November 2018 - It seems there is some life in the market yet with property values springing back to life in the latest QV data.

Housing affordability improves

18 October 2018 - Falling house prices and historically low mortgage rates have led to an improvement in housing affordability around New Zealand.

Kiwibank one-year special to rise

31 August 2018 - Kiwibank's one-year fixed home loan special, at 3.99 percent, is set to end this weekend, as the bank reverts to its standard interest rate.

Owner occupiers better protected now: RBNZ (+ Report)

17 July 2018 - New owner-occupier mortgage holders have become less vulnerable to a housing market bust, higher interest rates or income loss since the Reserve Bank introduced the LVRs.

ASB predicts “mild” OCR increase

5 July 2018 - Lender ASB believes there will be a “mild” tightening cycle at the Reserve Bank, with floating and fixed rate mortgages expected to remain stable until the end of next year.

Kiwis back shared equity schemes

21 June 2018 - Many New Zealanders would support government-backed "shared equity schemes" to help first home buyers, as they struggle with high prices across the country.

RESIMAC unveils self-employed specials

14 May 2018 - Non-bank lender RESIMAC has introduced rate cuts and new products for the self-employed as it targets more business rejected by the major banks.

RESIMAC cuts rates after 30% volume rise

11 May 2018 - Non-bank lender RESIMAC has unveiled a series of interest rate cuts on its home loan products after experiencing record growth in April. 

Applause for OCR call

10 May 2018 - New Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr has earned plaudits from economists for his first OCR announcement this morning – even though the decision itself was not a surprise.

All eyes on Orr in lead-up to OCR call

4 May 2018 - Thursday’s monetary policy statement (MPS) is the most keenly anticipated Reserve Bank outing in many months – but it’s due to the new Governor, not the OCR outlook.

Kiwibank slashes rates

23 April 2018 - Kiwibank has cut pricing across its 1 to 5 year fixed rate home loans, effective from Monday.

Time to get climbing?

17 April 2018 - We recently came across the chart below, which by anyone’s standard gives a truly long-term view on interest rates. It was put together by the Reserve...

No need to fear RBNZ’s new PTA

26 March 2018 - The Reserve Bank will now have to consider employment outcomes when setting monetary policy but this may have less impact than feared, experts say.

Spirit of caution in OCR call

22 March 2018 - Don’t expect interest rates to start rising anytime soon as the Reserve Bank’s decision to leave the OCR at 1.75% today makes it clear they remain on hold.

OCR call takes backseat

16 March 2018 - Changes are looming for the Reserve Bank and that has pushed OCR decisions into the background – despite a pending announcement next week.

Lending criteria to ease, rates to rise

22 February 2018 - Tight bank lending conditions are expected to ease as credit growth continues to slow, global ratings agency Standard & Poors says.

Low interest rates set to continue

8 February 2018 - Interest rates look set to remain low for a considerable amount of time following the Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Statement (MPS) and OCR call this morning.

OCR holding pattern to continue

2 February 2018 - Measured restraint will be the tone of the Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Statement next week, with economists unanimously expecting the OCR to stay on hold.

New Zealand values most stretched in world

26 January 2018 - New Zealand equities are the most highly valued in the world on a price-to-earnings basis according to a ranking of MSCI indexes, but local commentators say that’s not necessarily cause for concern.

Don't worry, stay invested

12 January 2018 - New Zealand market commentators are optimistic about the year ahead, despite international warnings that a crash is “overdue”.

Inflation problem for RBNZ

5 December 2017 - If inflation doesn’t pick up by late 2018 interest rate cuts could again be on the cards, according to the Reserve Bank.

RBNZ to ease LVR restrictions

29 November 2017 - The Reserve Bank says it will make some slight easing of the LVR restrictions from January 1. 

Economic outlook still positive: ASB

15 November 2017 - Investors are being told to expect less economic growth over the second-half of the year – but the slowdown should not last.

Reserve Bank changes 'not radical'

8 November 2017 - The Government is set to introduce an employment objective for the Reserve Bank but that is unlikely to affect the future direction of interest rates.

Investors search for income

2 November 2017 - More investors are looking for products that produce income in retirement, as low interest rates persist.

Leverage up your KiwiSaver fund

30 October 2017 - Booster chief investment officer David Beattie says people should be taking more risk in their KiwiSaver funds.

Peters as Kingmaker: What next for investors?

25 September 2017 - New Zealand may be on tenterhooks waiting for New Zealand First leader Winston Peters' coalition decision, but investors do not have cause to worry ... yet, commentators say.

Labour would change Reserve Bank - so what?

21 September 2017 - A change of government this weekend could mean a new direction for the Reserve Bank and another element for investors to understand.

LVRs still needed - RBNZ

30 August 2017 - The Reserve Bank’s LVRs are not expected to be a permanent measure but they are not going to be removed in the near future, outgoing Governor Graeme Wheeler said in a speech today.

Softer market better time to buy

25 August 2017 - Good news for advisers: softer price growth is starting to improve perceptions of whether it is a bad time to buy a house, a new survey suggests.

Clients might need a bonds brush-up

17 August 2017 - Advisers are being warned that some clients may get a shock when rising interest rates put pressure on bond values.

PM rules out DTI ratio idea

16 August 2017 - Prime Minister Bill English has ruled out allowing the Reserve Bank to bring in debt-to-income ratios. It had suggested limiting loans to no more than five times borrowers’ incomes.

No dovish nod to future for RBNZ

10 August 2017 - The Reserve Bank’s OCR statement made it clear hikes are a long way off but its tone was still far less dovish than economists were expecting.

Partners Life profit flat on back of continued growth

1 August 2017 - Partners Life has reported a flat profit for the year to March 31, even though premium revenue has continued to grow.

Why now is the time for active management

19 July 2017 - Publisher Philip Macalister spoke to Andrew Bascand from Harbour Asset Management. Harbour has over $3.3 billion in funds under management at the moment, and recently won the Morningstar Fund Manager of the Year Award for the second consecutive time. 

GRTV: Code working group, active v passive and the rising cost of financial advice

14 July 2017 - In this latest episode of GRTV, Mike Newton of advice firm Newton Ross discusses the "scary" make up of the new code working group, Hobson Wealth Partners' Warren Couillault talks about the rising cost of providing financial advice and finally Paul Moore of PM Capital explains why passive managers’ luck just might run out.

$2b tilting programme 'good example' for advisers

13 July 2017 - Strategic tilting has delivered an extra $2 billion in value to the NZ Super Fund, and it is suggested there may be lessons for advisers in its experience.

Active managers time is coming: Moore

8 July 2017 - Passive managers’ luck may run out over the coming years, one fund manager says.

Hawkish talk foreshadows rate rises

5 July 2017 - Tightening talk is coming from central banks around the world – although not New Zealand’s – and that means more interest rate movement is on the cards.

RBNZ renews push for DTIs

31 May 2017 - UPDATED: Ongoing risks posed by the housing market mean the Reserve Bank is set to start consulting on the addition of debt-to-income ratios (DTIs) to its policy toolkit.

Rate rises not prompting action

10 April 2017 - Most mortgage holders expect interest rates to rise this year – but they aren’t planning to do anything about it, new BNZ research reveals.

Major changes for Reserve Bank?

10 April 2017 - Interest rate decisions could soon be made somewhat differently after both National and Labour suggest changes for the Reserve Bank are on the cards.

Reaction: OCR - 'Nothing to see here'

23 March 2017 - Interest rates look set to remain low for some time following a Reserve Bank OCR announcement this morning which was as expected and determinedly neutral, according to economists.

US rate rise likely this month

6 March 2017 - US Federal Reserve chairman Janet Yellen gave a hat tip to a March rate hike in her most recent speech. She said that if the economy continues to evolve...

Volatility leads to tighter lending environment

16 February 2017 - Expect slower lending growth and rising interest rates this year as banks respond to developments in 2016, the latest KPMG Financial Institutions Performance Survey says.

OCR cut not expected

3 February 2017 - It’s a unanimous verdict: economists en masse expect the OCR to stay on hold next week – and for many months after that.

OCR hike to come - later

24 January 2017 - The Reserve Bank’s next OCR move is likely to be up – although it won't be for a while, a new HSBC report says.

Surprise spike in mortgage lending

21 December 2016 - Evidence that the effect of the latest LVR restrictions might be diminishing comes in new data which reveals a big jump in mortgage lending – including to investors.

OCR hikes on the horizon

21 December 2016 - The OCR has troughed and the risks are now skewed to OCR hikes from the middle of next year, according to one major bank.

Rising rates, quieter market

16 December 2016 - Higher mortgage rates will have a more sustained impact on the housing market than the LVR restrictions have, according to Westpac.

US Fed hike: When a tiny move matters

15 December 2016 - As widely anticipated, the US Federal Reserve lifted the US Fed Funds Rate by 25 basis points this morning, to a new target range of 0.50% to 0.75%.  ...

Fed move will boost NZ rates

15 December 2016 - Mortgage rates are set to continue on their slow upward trajectory – after getting added impetus from the first US Federal Reserve rate increase in a year.

'Lower forever' no longer safe interest rate view

21 November 2016 - Improving term deposits rates are putting pressure on other asset classes to provide a better premium.

Post-earthquake OCR cut unlikely

18 November 2016 - Don’t expect the Reserve Bank to cut the OCR again following the earthquakes earlier this week - despite the damage and disruption they have caused, economists say.

US election casts shadow over OCR response

10 November 2016 - Spectre of US election result looms over reaction to this morning’s OCR cut, but economists say it is too soon to say what impact it might have on the Reserve Bank’s future moves.

OCR to hit lowest point this week

4 November 2016 - A historic low is looming for the OCR this week but it could be the trough of the cycle, with most economists predicting the cut will be the last.

Inflation pressure off - slightly

2 November 2016 - Pressure on the Reserve Bank to keep cutting the OCR has been alleviated by the results of the Bank’s latest inflation expectations survey.

Fed increase 'would alarm'

19 September 2016 - Equities markets around the world could get a shock if the United States Federal Reserve opts to increase interest rates this week.

OCR cut not on the cards - yet

16 September 2016 - Don’t expect another OCR cut this week: economists are uniformly predicting the Reserve Bank will leave the OCR on hold, but cut later this year.

Low interest rates, political risk new normal for investors

9 September 2016 - Investors are being told political uncertainty and demographic change are now two of the most important risks to consider in their asset allocation decisions.

Rising pressures impact on Kiwibank

26 August 2016 - Competitive market and increasing funding costs mean Kiwibank has experienced a small drop in its annual after tax profits.

Expect OCR cut in November - economists

24 August 2016 - Further OCR cuts are looming strongly on the horizon in the wake of the Reserve Bank’s speech yesterday, economists have said.

Reserve Bank defends interest rate stance

23 August 2016 - Lowering the OCR risks further fuelling house price growth but the Reserve Bank believes it has been a necessary trade-off to prevent a decline in inflation expectations.

Borrowers unlikely to see full cut

11 August 2016 - Reserve Bank expects this morning’s OCR cut to be passed on to, but that's unlikely to happen. ANZ has already said it is only passing on one fifth of the central bank's cut to its customers.

More cuts on the horizon

11 August 2016 - Lack of surprise greeted the Reserve Bank’s OCR cut today and economists say further cuts have now been clearly signposted.

Quieter times ahead for housing market - ASB

8 August 2016 - New Zealand’s housing market has been on the boil this year, but ASB predicts it is set to cool to a simmer in the year to come.

Little doubt OCR cut coming

5 August 2016 - Rare consensus reigns on the OCR forecast front with economists across the board expecting the Reserve Bank to cut the OCR next week.

Banks care more about income than equity

24 July 2016 - Homeowners who want to tap into their increased equity in their homes are being warned they may be disappointed, unless they have had an income boost, too.

Reserve Bank signals more OCR cuts

21 July 2016 - The Reserve Bank says more official cash rate cuts are likely as it fights to get inflation into its target range.

Future OCR cuts dependent on inflation

7 July 2016 - Persistently subdued inflation means a further OCR cut looks likely, but economists are suggesting that the tide may have turned on multiple cuts.

Brexit means August OCR cut likely

27 June 2016 - It’s early days yet but economists agree that Brexit has upped the odds for the Reserve Bank to cut the OCR in August.

Turbo-charged returns can't last: Super Fund

23 June 2016 - Strong market returns experienced over the past five years are unlikely to continue into the future -  but low interest rates are likely here to stay, the NZ Super Fund’s manager of investment analysis, Roland Winn, says.

Borrowing frenzy risks

22 June 2016 - New Zealand’s high level of mortgage lending has been in the spotlight recently and commentators are warning that’s for good reason.

Institutional backing gets blame for high rates

20 June 2016 - Constraints on funding are being blamed for the interest rates peer-to-peer lenders are charging borrowers.

Low interest rates likely to be a problem for some time

16 June 2016 - Advisers and clients will need a mindset shift to deal with many more years of low interest rates, it has been predicted.

OCR on hold till August - HSBC

30 May 2016 - Strong growth and a booming housing market mean that HSBC now expects the Reserve Bank to hold off on an OCR cut until August.

Budget unlikely to change Reserve Bank views

27 May 2016 - It’s been described as a no surprises, boring Budget, but what might Budget 2016 mean for interest rates?

Tactical guessing game

24 May 2016 - Reasons for the Reserve Bank not to cut the OCR in June are compelling but it’s a guessing game, according to some economists.

Investors brace for higher interest rates

24 May 2016 - Property investors need to be prepared to pay higher interest rates on their loans in response to changes made by the Reserve Bank. Read more.  ...

Nick Tuffley's interest rate update

11 May 2016 - ASB Bank chief economist Nick Tuffley talks to TMM publisher Philip Macalister about where interest rates are headed and what strategy borrowers should take in this low interest rate environment.

The 'how' and 'why' of negative interest rates

4 May 2016 - The interest rate outlook has shifted from “lower for longer” to now “very low for very long”.

ASB: The only way is up

3 May 2016 - New Zealand’s economic growth is set to head upwards over the next couple of years, while interest rates dip further, a new report says. Read more.  ...

Onwards and upwards

3 May 2016 - New Zealand’s economic growth is set to head upwards over the next couple of years, while interest rates dip further, a new report says.

Are more housing market curbs on the agenda?

19 April 2016 - Speculation over the prospect of further restrictions on the housing market has been growing, but the Reserve Bank is remaining silent.

Predicting the RBNZ's next OCR announcement a head scratcher

13 April 2016 - It's just over a fortnight now until the Reserve Bank makes its next Official Cash Rate announcement. After the surprise cut last time and a mixed bag of economic news since then, economists are scratching their heads to try and predict if the OCR will stay at 2.25% or be cut.

Reserve Bank's 'fine balance'

1 April 2016 - Should the Reserve Bank cut rates to boost inflation, or hike them to slow borrowing?

More OCR cuts to come - ASB

21 March 2016 - Further OCR cuts will be needed for the Reserve Bank to get the economic stimulation it needs, ASB predicts.

No role for politicians in OCR uproar - experts

16 March 2016 - Banks’ reluctance to pass on last week’s OCR cut may not be popular, but commentators agree it is far from surprising – and politicians shouldn’t get involved.

Inflation key for interest rates

14 March 2016 - An ongoing decline in inflation expectations could mean interest rates drop further, but some are nervous about the trade-offs involved.

No affordability problem

8 March 2016 - Interest rate trajectory is what is of most importance to house price movement, it has been suggested. Read more.  ...

OCR cut this week unlikely

7 March 2016 - There’s little doubt further OCR cuts are on the way, but most economists see a cut this week as unlikely.

Looming impact of global funding costs

1 March 2016 - ANZ is warning mortgage rates may not fall as far as the OCR because of rising bank funding costs.

Flat half-year for Kiwibank

23 February 2016 - Scope for interest rates to drop is limited as funding costs are increasing and this could compress bank margins, according to Kiwibank. Read more.  ...

Inflation expectations fall sharply

17 February 2016 - Marked decline in inflation expectations could be crucial for OCR outlook, one major bank says.

Slow growth expected

16 February 2016 - ASB predicts a a slow start to 2016 for the economy, which strengthens the case for further cuts to the OCR. Read here. ...

Lower mortgage rates expected

15 February 2016 - Westpac’s chief economist is expecting home loan interest rates to be lower in six months’ time than they are today. Read full story.  ...

Expect lower mortgage rates in six months: Stephens

15 February 2016 - Home loan interest rates are likely to be lower in six months’ time than they are today, Westpac’s chief economist says.

Forecasts not commitment - RBNZ

4 February 2016 - Don’t mistake transparency and regular guidance as commitment to a certain policy path, the Reserve Bank warns.

Flexibility key to RBNZ policy

3 February 2016 - Responding to low inflation with immediate interest rate cuts is not the way to go, the Reserve Bank says.

NZ economic outlook downgraded

27 January 2016 - Weaker prices for agricultural exports have led Fitch Ratings to revise New Zealand’s growth outlook down.

OCR cuts to come – but not now

25 January 2016 - Inflation forecasts are the key theme in economists’ predictions for Thursday’s official cash rate call from the Reserve Bank.

Mortgage lending grows

22 December 2015 - Increase in mortgage lending goes against the prevailing trend of slowing growth, new analysis says.

Muted response to Fed move

18 December 2015 - Global monetary policy is likely to be supportive for investors in international equity markets for some time, including in New Zealand and Australia, commentators say.

Reluctance to cut may be wrong

10 December 2015 - Predictions of further cuts and analysis of changes in tone flow following the Reserve Bank’s OCR cut this morning.

Odds are on an OCR cut

4 December 2015 - Expectations of a cut to the OCR next week are riding high – although some economists have divergent theories.

PIMCO platform launches

4 December 2015 - PIMCO has launched a new digital platform customised for financial advisers, institutions and individual investors in this part of the world.

New normal threatens RBNZ tactics

2 December 2015 - NZIER says the Reserve Bank should give up inflation-targeting.

More OCR cuts to come

16 November 2015 - Weakness in the dairy sector means OCR cuts are on the way, ASB says.

Housing market still a risk - RBNZ

11 November 2015 - There are no Reserve Bank plans for further investor restrictions, despite its housing market concerns.

More OCR cuts likely – despite housing concerns

14 October 2015 - Global economic concerns mean more “easing” of the OCR is likely, even though this could further fuel the already-hot housing market, the Reserve Bank Governor has said.

Global factors make for low rates

28 September 2015 - Low interest rates look set to continue as the Reserve Bank’s annual report emphasises the importance of maintaining a flexible monetary policy in the face of global economic challenges.

Interest rate rise could surprise, economist warns

24 September 2015 - Interest rates could increase at a rate that is much faster than the market expects, NZIER principal economist Aaron Drew is warning.

Six-month term borrowers' best bet

18 September 2015 - A six-month fixed term is the best bet for borrowers who want to slash their mortgage interest bill, economists say.

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Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
ANZ 5.19 4.05 3.95 4.49
ANZ Special - 3.55 3.45 3.99
ASB Bank 5.20 4.05 3.95 4.39
ASB Bank Special - 3.55 3.45 3.89
BNZ - Classic - 3.55 3.45 3.99
BNZ - Mortgage One 5.90 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 5.35 - - -
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 5.30 4.45 4.35 4.55
BNZ - TotalMoney 5.30 - - -
China Construction Bank 5.50 4.70 4.80 4.95
China Construction Bank Special - 3.19 3.19 3.19
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Credit Union Auckland 5.95 - - -
Credit Union Baywide 6.15 4.95 4.95 -
Credit Union North 6.45 - - -
Credit Union South 6.45 - - -
Finance Direct - - - -
First Credit Union 5.85 3.99 4.49 -
Heartland 6.70 7.00 7.25 7.85
Heartland Bank - Online - - - -
Heretaunga Building Society 5.75 4.80 4.95 -
HSBC Premier 5.24 3.35 3.35 3.35
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
HSBC Special - - - -
ICBC 5.15 3.18 3.18 3.20
Kainga Ora 5.18 4.04 3.95 4.39
Kiwibank 5.80 4.30 4.20 4.64
Kiwibank - Capped - - - -
Kiwibank - Offset 5.15 - - -
Kiwibank Special - 3.55 3.45 3.89
Liberty 5.69 - - -
Napier Building Society - - - -
Nelson Building Society 5.70 4.25 4.15 -
Pepper Money Near Prime 5.64 - 5.44 5.44
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Pepper Money Prime 5.18 - 4.98 4.98
Pepper Money Specialist 7.59 - 7.39 7.39
Resimac 4.50 4.86 3.89 3.94
RESIMAC Special - - - -
SBS Bank 5.29 4.85 5.05 5.49
SBS Bank Special - ▼3.55 3.39 3.89
Sovereign 5.30 4.15 4.29 4.55
Sovereign Special - 3.65 3.75 4.05
The Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ 5.15 3.49 3.59 3.89
The Co-operative Bank - Standard 5.15 3.99 4.09 4.39
TSB Bank 6.09 4.35 4.25 4.69
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
TSB Special 5.29 3.55 3.45 3.89
Wairarapa Building Society 5.70 4.85 4.99 -
Westpac 5.34 4.15 4.09 4.49
Westpac - Offset 5.34 - - -
Westpac Special - 3.55 3.45 3.99
Median 5.34 4.04 4.09 4.39

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