Graeme Wheeler

Finance Minister Grant Robertson says full employment will be a goal but won't be defined (photo: Rob Hosking)

Robertson announces Reserve Bank changes – but how much difference will it really make?

Tue 7 Nov 1

Presumptions that including full employment as a policy target will mean lower interest rates seem to be somewhat misguided. 

Just because Winston Peters hasn't followed through on campaign rhetoric about changing the monetary policy regime in the past doesn't mean he won't this time (photo: Jerry Yelich O'Connor)

Seductive slogans versus the reality of monetary policy

Fri 13 Oct 3

The claim the Reserve Bank is only concerned with inflation is one of the biggest economic myths in New Zealand. It is high time it was laid to rest.

Infometrics economist Mieke Welvaert says the Reserve Bank appears to be nowhere near a point where it is ready to remove LVR restrictions

Reserve Bank unlikely to roll back LVR restrictions from this year

Mon 2 Oct 1

This is despite Real Estate Institute figures showing that in the year to July, house sales across the country were down by 23%.

Former governor Graeme Wheeler's team "performed to a high standard" according to the board's report

Reserve Bank a tidy earner under Wheeler

Fri 29 Sep 1

Almost $1 billion of dividends were paid to the Crown.

NZIER chief economist Christina Leung notes the election is causing "some temporary softness in business investment"

Economic hits and myths for Election 2017

Mon 4 Sep 4

There are some palpable economic hits from New Zealand's non-rock star economy – but myths abound.

BNZ senior economist Doug Steel said the figures "put the USD in the ascendancy with broad-based gains with perhaps some extra support from month-end buying"

Kiwi drops as US private jobs and GDP data beats estimates

Thu 31 Aug

US private payrolls rose by 237,000 in August, beating estimates of a 185,000 gain.


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