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Official Cash Rate decisions made by the Reserve Bank of NZ

OCR Remains @ 1.75%

The Reserve Bank today left the Official Cash Rate (OCR) unchanged at 1.75 percent. No immanent sign of a rate hike either with the following…..”Monetary policy will remain accommodative for a considerable period.”

ANZ and Westpac have tweaked up mid and long term fixed interest rates by 0.10% to 0.20% this week.

OCR Held @ 1.75%

The Reserve Bank yesterday left the Official Cash Rate (OCR) unchanged at 1.75 percent and presented an outlook of remaining on hold for some time.

The Banks on the other hand, to protect profit margins, have been raising interest rates “out of cycle”  ANZ has raised floating rates twice this year despite no movement in the OCR.

OCR Held @ 1.75%

The Reserve Bank today left the Official Cash Rate (OCR) unchanged at 1.75 percent.

The recent moderation in house price inflation was noted reflecting loan-to-value ratio restrictions and higher mortgage interest rates.

The announcement seems to leave open the possibilty of a lower OCR given international “uncertainties”.

OCR Trimmed To 1.75%

As was widely anticipated the OCR was trimmed by 0.25% to 1.75% this morning.

Recently swap rates have been increasing. The 5 year swap rate was 2.32% back in late June, as at today its 2.72%.  This suggests an increased likelyhood of fixed interest mortgage rates rising.

FED and RBNZ Leave Rates on Hold

The Reserve Bank today left the Official Cash Rate (OCR) unchanged at 2.0 percent.  The Fed Funds rate in the USA was also left unchanged.

Our Governor indicated that on current projections the Cash Rate will need to fall further to ensure inflation gets up to the middle of the target range.

ANZ passes on 0.05 of 0.25% cut in the OCR

The ANZ, NZ’s largest Bank, has passed on to its floating rate borrowers a measly 0.05 of the 0.25% cut in the OCR this morning.

After announcing the cut Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler commented: “We would like to see most of (the OCR cut) passed on.”

In the OCR announcement there is a bias toward a further cut.

Cash Rate Unchanged @ 2.25%

The Reserve Bank today left the Official Cash Rate unchanged at 2.25 percent.  There is a bias towards further cuts with the statement “Further policy easing may be required “.

The Auckland housing market got about as strong a warning as it gets from a Reserve Bank with “Auckland house prices in particular are at very high levels….”.

Cash Rate Unchanged

The Reserve Bank today left the Official Cash Rate unchanged at 2.25 percent. The housing market was mentioned as has regularly been the case of recent times.

“”There are some indications that house price inflation in Auckland may be picking up. House prices remain at very high levels and additional housing supply is needed. Housing market pressures are building in some other regions””

Keeping a wary eye on what is happening in Australia given that the large lenders here are all Aussie owned it was interesting to note that yesterday Westpac Australia announced it has stopped lending to foreign property buyers and non – residents. The bank also said it was tightening lending requirements on Australian citizens and permanent visa holders who depended on overseas income, reducing the maximum amount it will lend on property to 70 per cent.

Cash Rate Cut to 2.25%

This morning the Reserve Bank updated us with their view of interest rates and the economy which resulted in a cut to the Official Cash Rate to 2.25%. A change in the OCR results in movements in our home loan floating interest rates. As such all of the banks are likely to reduce their floating or variable rates today. Of course for existing customers this reduction will be future dated so the banks can squeeze a few more days on a higher rate out of their customers.

Official Cash Rate unchanged at 2.5 percent

Following the US Fed Announcement this morning the NZ Reserve Bank also kept the benchmark rate on hold.

The growth in Auckland house prices received its customary mention with the warning that it remains a “financial stability risk”.

The possibility of a lower OCR, potentially leading to lower floating home loan rates,  was left out there for further assessment over the coming year.