Category Archives: Official Cash Rate

Official Cash Rate decisions made by the Reserve Bank of NZ

OCR Trimmed to 3.25%

The OCR got a 0.25% trim this morning to 3.25% in an attempt to give inflation, which is near enough at zero, a nudge along and to give the NZ$ a helping hand downwards.  The Reserve Bank included a bias towards further cuts going forward.

$154,000 secured a 2 bedroom in the Columbia building yesterday. Located in Grafton the fully managed student accommodation, not reknowned for its investment return, provides for net annual rental income of $6,000. Purchased sight unseen evidently.

Columbia - Copy


OCR unchanged at 3.5 percent

The Reserve Bank today left the Official Cash Rate unchanged at 3.5 percent.

The Governor noted..”it is prudent to undertake a period of monitoring and assessment before considering further policy adjustment. Nevertheless, we expect some further policy tightening will be necessary to keep future average inflation near the 2 percent target mid-point and ensure that the economic expansion can be sustained.”

Indicating that they may well be on hold for a while yet but with a bias to the upside depending on how the data falls.

At Auction yesterday a tussle between 3 bidders over a 5 bedroom home @ 4 Pamela Place, New Lynn saw it sold under the hammer @ $816,000.

Cash Rate Held

The Reserve Bank today left the Official Cash Rate unchanged at 3.5 percent as was widely expected.  The Governor noted inflation remained modest @ 1 percent in the year to September and noted that a period of assessment remained appropriate before considering further OCR adjustment. Floating interest rates could therefore be on hold for some time.

In other news ASB has introduced the acceptance of Desktop Valuations. Costing less than a full Registered Valuation and expected to be delivered in 1-2 days it has the potential to speed up the purchasing and financing process.

Cash Rate Kept On Hold

The Reserve Bank today left the Official Cash Rate unchanged at 3.5 percent. The statement noted that the rate of increase in house prices had continued to ease despite the recent increases in immigration numbers.

The Bank confirmed it was intending to wait before implementing any further OCR rises to assess the impact of the 4 previous hikes.

@ Commercial Property Auctions yesterday a 2 level barn like structure in Ponsonby without parking, or vehicle access, sold for $830,000.

OCR + 0.25 Basis Points to 3.50%

The Reserve Bank today increased the Official Cash Rate (OCR) by 25 basis points to 3.5 percent.

The statement issued by Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler noted “strong net immigration is adding to housing and household demand, although house price inflation has moderated further since the June statement.”

He also suggested “It is prudent that there now be a period of assessment before interest rates adjust further towards a more-neutral level.”  So a possible pause in further OCR movements for a while.  What will be interesting to see is whether or not fixed interest rate markets re-price their current future fixed rate expectations…..

In response ANZ has announced a forthcoming raise in variable interest rates but kept fixed interest rates on hold.

Reserve Bank makes it 3 in a row

The Reserve Bank today increased the Official Cash Rate (OCR) by 25 basis points to 3.25 percent.

In comment on the housing market the statement noted “While house price inflation remains high, the housing market has moderated since late last year when restrictions were applied to high loan-to-value ratio mortgage lending and when mortgage interest rates began rising.”

OCR Rises to 2.75%

The Reserve Bank today increased the OCR by 25 basis points to 2.75 percent, the first raise since July 2010.

Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler seemed to go to some lengths to explain the reasoning for the raise in his statement which included: “New Zealand’s economic expansion has considerable momentum, and growth is becoming more broad-based.”

What will happen in terms of rate rises from here was covered off with: “The speed and extent to which the OCR will be raised will depend on economic data and our continuing assessment of emerging inflationary pressures”.

ANZ has raised home loan Floating and Revolving Credit rates immediately to 5.99% and 6.10% respectively, to apply for existing customers from 1 April 2014.