Results: New Zealand Economy

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03 July 2020

Tony Alexander: Banks yet to come to the party

The RBNZ recently removed loan-to-value ratio rules, but banks are yet to pass this on to home buyers. In fact, borrowers are havi...

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26 June 2020

Guest post: The next housing boom

Squirrel's CEO John Bolton says that after a short hiatus and a 5%-10% fall in house prices, we could stretch into what might be t...

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17 June 2020

Tony Alexander: 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,...

01 May 2020

Breaking: Loan-to-value (LVR) rules are removed by the RBNZ

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) announced yesterday that the loan-to-value ratio (LVR) restrictions that they put in place back in 2013 will be removed from 1 May for 12 months. So what does this mean?

30 April 2020

Economic Outlook - Negative OCR?

As the country settles into Alert Level Three, we’re starting to see signs of the beginning of our economic recovery. There have been many discussions around the OCR going negative, and it seems like it could be a very real possibility.

16 April 2020

Economic outlook - post Covid-19

BNZ released an economic outlook earlier this week, which outlines the need for us to remain grounded and realistic about New Zealand’s economy's recovery, post Covid-19.

14 April 2020

Covid-19 lockdown: what will happen with house values?

Almost three weeks into our nationwide lockdown, some are starting to wonder if their property is worth what they originally paid for it.