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22 October 2021

Soaring inflation raises mortgage rate risks

For quite a few months now my central theme with regard to interest rates has been fairly clear. Inflation risks are rising, the R...

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08 October 2021

Interest rates on an upward march

The long-awaited monetary policy tightening cycle has now kicked off in New Zealand as the need for record low interest rates to c...

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27 September 2021

Rising inflation risks

The Reserve Bank delivered some good and bad news for borrowers last week. In the wake of the latest lockdown, interest rates will...

02 August 2021

Monetary policy tightening soon

Things have changed a bit since my last column discussing interest rates a couple of weeks ago. The state of the pandemic has stalled the growth projections for many economies and how quickly interest rates will go up. But what's in store for New Zealand?

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16 July 2021

Three decades of falling interest rates are over

New Zealand has had a period of falling inflation and interest rates for over three decades. That period has now ended and both will be rising.

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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.

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17 December 2020

Record low rates will one day end

Let’s have a look back at the year and what has happened in the area of interest rates, and where things are likely to go.

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