Westpac Banking Corp chief economist Dominick Stephens

Reserve Bank likely to confirm no rate hike in this week’s OCR review

Tue 28 Apr 15

Wheeler is expected to keep the OCR unchanged at 3.5% on Thursday.

eserve Bank chief economist John McDermott (Rob Hosking)

Reserve Bank tilts toward interest rate cuts

Thu 23 Apr 15

In a major shift in message, today Reserve Bank chief economist John McDermott signalled a “dovish” tilt in the thinking of New Zealand’s central bank.

Reserve Bank of Australia governor Glenn Stevens

NZ dollar: Aussies turn parity party poopers

Wed 8 Apr 15 1

Financial markets will now shift their speculation to an Aussie interest rate cut on 5 May. 

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.

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler (Rob Hosking)

Reserve Bank: the gap in Wheeler’s messages

Fri 13 Mar 15

A bid to 'censor' the forecast period produced a very flat interest rate outlook.


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