Results: Global Economy

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17 June 2021

Rising global inflation risks

History tells us that ahead of the 2008-09 Global Financial Crisis we economists under-predicted how high interest rates would nee...

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02 June 2021

Are Kiwis set to head back over the ditch?

Last week the Reserve Bank did something they have not done for a long time. In their regular Monetary Policy Statement they publi...

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18 March 2021

Fixed mortgage interest rates on a timer

Wholesale interest rates in NZ fell to record low levels around October last year. Since then however, we have seen a radical shif...

25 February 2021

OCR remains unchanged, RBNZ to keep monetary policy steady

There's no reason for strongly believing that we face a future of sustained high inflation which will require an interest rate crunch. But borrowers should pay attention to the upside risks and the extreme uncertainty regarding how far and fast rates rise.

25 September 2020

Fixing one-year highly favoured

In my recent survey, 96% of Mortgage Advisors said that people are favouring the one-year term when fixing their mortgage. The reason for doing so is fairly clear – it is the cheapest rate on offer.

17 June 2020

A six-decade journey for NZ interest rates

About three-quarters of all residential properties in New Zealand have a mortgage over them, amounting to almost $300 billion. So, what happens with interest rates can have a big impact on the willingness and ability of most Kiwis to spend and save.

23 March 2020

Managing your mortgage through the COVID-19 crisis

Squirrel's CEO John Bolton shared some practical advice for homeowners, and how to keep up with mortgage repayments when hit by financial hardship, in a time like this.