NZ At A Glance

New Zealand At A Glance

Craig Ebert -
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The NZ economy continues to perform relatively well. And there is much to sustain momentum. This includes a sizable fiscal stimulus, which kicks in proper from mid-year. From a broader perspective, however, growth still looks inclined to settle a bit lower. That said, inflation is primed to increase, as a consequence of chronic capacity constraints, resurgent commodity prices, and a tiring NZ dollar. This will press the case for the cash rate to rise, although we expect the RBNZ will lag in this process. Risk factors coalesce around currently-stretched asset prices – here and abroad – in the context of ongoing removal of global monetary stimulus, led by the Fed.