by SignalFactory · February 10, 2020 | 07:49:16 UTC
Reserve Bank of New Zealand is a highlight for this week. The Monetary Policy
Committee will begin meeting next week for the first time since November.
Market pricing for RBNZ implies a near-zero chance of easing on 12 February,
with a terminal rate of 0.85% (RBNZ OCR currently at 1.0%).
the impact of the global economy and its effects on New Zealand are critical to
the Reserve Bank when it considers Monetary Policy. The Reserve Bank lowered
the Official Cash Rate by 75 basis points in 2019, due in part to the slowdown
experienced by the country’s trading partners. It will, therefore, be
interesting to see how the central bank will balance their rhetoric when taking
into consideration the risks associated with the coronavirus, despite a wholly
improved domestic economic backdrop until this point.
the Bank is likely to acknowledge better than expected outcomes for Gross
Domestic Product, Consumer Price Index, wages and fiscal stimulus as positives
but shy away from any overly ambitious outlooks when they have a very sick
Chinese economy and a highly contagious virus on their doorstep.
to take its cues from RBA’s Lowe on coronavirus
is a fast-moving situation and one might expect the RBNZ to rehash much of what
Reserve Bank of Australia, Phillip Lowe, had to say on the matter when speaking
last week when he downplayed how much monetary stimulus might be able to help
Lowe pointed out, however, that the coronavirus outbreak could do more damage
to the Australian economy than 2003’s Sars outbreak, noting that China’s
economy is now bigger and more integrated into the world economy so the impact
is likely to be greater. “The potential risk to the Australian economy I think
is bigger than Sars and the truth is really none of us know how this is going
to play out,” Lowe said appearing before the House of Representatives economics
committee in Canberra on Friday.
Monday, the Shadow Board members deemed it prudent for the Reserve Bank to wait
and see how the effects play out,” said Christina Leung, Principal Economist at
NZIER – more here: Shadow Board recommends no RBNZ rate change this week.
Indeed, there remains a wide range of views amongst the NZIER Policy Shadow
Board on the appropriate level of the OCR due to the added uncertainty over how
long the coronavirus will persist.
in a speech to the Goldman Sachs Annual Global Macro Conference in Sydney,
Reserve Bank Assistant Governor, Christian Hawkesby, set out the framework the
Bank used to analyze the global economy and its influence on New Zealand. He
said that the RBNZ was monitoring the impact of the coronavirus through all
three channels. “The SARS virus in the 2000s provides some potential parallels,
particularly through the effects on travel and confidence,” Mr. Hawkesby said.
also stated that prolonged uncertainty, particularly around Brexit and US-China
trade tensions, was likely to have affected business confidence and investment.
“While New Zealand businesses cited a number of domestic factors, uncertainty
about the global environment is likely to have also played a part,” Mr.
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