BNZ Senior Economist Craig Ebert

Inflation target at 2% risks overheated economy, says BNZ

Fri 27 Mar 15

"We wonder if the target band should be lowered from its current 1-3% or, at the least, that its lower reaches be tolerated as the 'new normal' for the foreseeable future," writes senior economist Craig Ebert.

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler (Rob Hosking)

Interest rates: How Yellen's hesitation could force Wheeler's hand

Tue 24 Mar 15 2

Graeme Wheeler is squeezed between a rampant Auckland housing market, a US Federal Reserve which won't hike rates quickly enough and an Aussie central bank which is going to cut too quickly for him.

Act MP David Seymour at a Parliamentary select committee

Seymour calls for inflation indexed tax rates

Fri 20 Mar 15 2

The Act leader will get a sympathetic hearing: Bill English recently called inflation “the politician and the tax gatherer’s friend, and the saver’s enemy.”

Capital Economics chief Australia and New Zealand economist Paul Dales.

Expert forecasts double-trouble for New Zealand’s economy

Thu 19 Mar 15 1

Economist Paul Dales says NZ could be looking at GDP growth easing to 2.3% this year and 2% the year after.

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler (Rob Hosking)

Growth data shows underlying economic strength

Thu 19 Mar 15

Private spending is up 3.2% for the year, below the GDP increase: business investment is up 6.0%. 

ASB chief economist Nick Tuffley

Economy grows 0.8% in fourth quarter, on tourist spending, heated housing market

Thu 19 Mar 15

Gross domestic product rose 0.8 percent in the fourth quarter.


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