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17 June 2022

A global interest rate shock is underway

As a result of annual inflation rates surprising on the high side overseas, recent renewed increases in energy prices, and rising ...

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03 June 2022

A new 'least regrets' policy from the Reserve Bank of NZ

On May 25, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand told us that they have decided to implement a new “least regrets” policy which is compl...

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23 May 2022

Shorter fixed term mortgage rates preferred

I sometimes struggle to remain polite when journalists ask me if the rising rates environment means now is a good time to fix for ...

14 March 2022

Inflation outlook gets worse, and better

It looks like inflation in New Zealand this year is going to be perhaps 1% higher than thought just a few weeks ago as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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15 February 2022

Monetary policy tightening all around the world

It seems like we cannot get through a week at the moment without some fresh news suggesting inflation around the world will be more problematic than thought, and that interest rates will need to rise earlier and potentially higher than previously believed.

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27 January 2022

Higher inflation means higher interest rates

Inflation in New Zealand has just lifted from 4.9% to its highest level in three and a half decades. The numbers may sound shocking and indicate a rise in interest rates to what they were pre the Global Financial Crisis. But will they rise that high again?

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13 January 2022

Interest rate rises to continue this year

Welcome to my first fortnightly column on mortgage rate levels and prospects in New Zealand. At the start of 2022 we can see that all fixed interest rates have in fact risen quite firmly.

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