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Thursday, Jul 23, 2015

Official cash rate reduced to 3.0 percent today

Statement by Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler:

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Sunday, Nov 02, 2014

Carmen Vicelich, property information service Valocity, on OCR rate hold

Carmen Vicelich is the managing director of Vicelich

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Friday, May 09, 2014

Housing pressures are easing gradually

Pressures in the New Zealand housing market are easing gradually but risks remain, the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank, Grant Spencer, said in a speech today.

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Monday, May 05, 2014

How does the OCR actually affect interest rates?

The Official Cash Rate (OCR) was raised twice recently, the first change since early 2009. Floating mortgage interest rates for most banks moved up by the same amount almost immediately. But what exactly is the OCR and how does it affect the mortgage interest rates we pay?

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Thursday, Apr 24, 2014

Reserve Bank raises OCR to 3 percent

Statement issued by Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler: The Reserve Bank today increased the OCR by 25 basis points to 3 percent.

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Thursday, Mar 13, 2014

Reserve Bank raises OCR to 2.75 percent

Statement by the Governor of the Reserve Bank today

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Thursday, Jan 30, 2014

OCR unchanged at 2.5 percent

Statement issued by Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler

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Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014

OCR move unlikely this week: Survey

Economists aren’t expecting an increase in the official cash rate this week but it’s not can impossibility, a new survey has shown. The latest CPI data, which showed much stronger inflation than expected, had prompted some to question whether the Reserve Bank might move sooner rather than later on the rate.

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Tuesday, Jul 02, 2013

ANZ questions sustainability

ANZ’s economist shave questioned the durability of the housing market’s price increases, considering how stretched values seem to be judging by affordability and debt metrics.

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Thursday, Oct 25, 2012

Hint of optimism in OCR announcement

The decision this morning to leave the official cash rate (OCR) unchanged at 2.5% hasn’t surprised anyone – but the hint of optimism included with the Reserve Bank governor’s statement has.

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Friday, Oct 12, 2012

Familiar cure for bank hangover

BNZ chief economist Tony Alexander says central banks around the world are pursuing a “hair of the dog that bit you” solution to the global financial crisis, by flooding the market with cash.

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Monday, Sep 24, 2012

Prices acquire extra importance

Economists are watching house prices with extra interest since it was announced that the Reserve Bank will now have to take asset prices into account in setting the Official Cash Rate.

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Friday, Sep 21, 2012

RBNZ targets house prices

The new Reserve Bank Governor must increase the OCR if house prices rise rapidly, even if inflation is on target. Finance Minister Bill English and RBNZ Governor-Designate Graeme Wheeler signed a new Policy Targets Agreement (PTA) yesterday. The Reserve Bank Act states that the Governor is accountable for maintaining price stability.

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Thursday, Sep 13, 2012

OCR stays at 2.5%

The Reserve Bank has kept its official cash rate at 2.50% and says little has changed since its previous Monetary Policy Statement in June. “New Zealand’s trading partner outlook remains weak,” Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard said. “Several euro-area economies are in recession and Chinese growth has slowed. The risk of significant deterioration in the euro area persists.”

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Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012

Westpac issues warnings

Westpac says that if the Official Cash Rate doesn’t rise by July 2013, the country’s housing market could go from warm to “positively frothy”.

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Thursday, Jul 26, 2012

Economists unruffled by OCR statement

This morning's announcement that the OCR will remain at 2.5% has prompted minimal reaction. Westpac said the Reserve Bank decision to leave the Official Cash Rate at 2.5% hadn’t affected its prediction that the first increase would be in July 2012.

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Thursday, Apr 26, 2012

Reserve Bank leaves OCR unchanged at 2.5%

The Reserve Bank today left the Official Cash Rate (OCR) unchanged at 2.5%.

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Thursday, Apr 26, 2012

Floating mortgage rates unlikely to rise this year and may even fall

The chances of floating mortgage rates rising this year remain remote and they might even fall if the New Zealand dollar remains so strong.

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Thursday, Oct 27, 2011

Bollard spooks market

Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard spooked financial markets slightly into thinking he may raise interest rates sooner than they had anticipated although, as expected, he's left rates unchanged for now.

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Thursday, Jul 28, 2011

Bollard takes a bob-each-way to OCR review

Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard took a bob-each-way approach to reviewing interest rates which has left economists and financial markets scratching their heads.

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Thursday, Jan 27, 2011

Bollard keeps interest rates on hold

Home-owners can be confident floating mortgage rates won't be rising for some time following Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard's expected decision to keep interest rates on hold.

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Thursday, Mar 11, 2010

Bollard's predictions on interest rates welcome

Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard kept the official cash rate unchanged at 2.5%, as expected, and reiterated a mid-year start to rate hikes, saying the subdued pace of recovery will restrain inflation.

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Thursday, Jul 30, 2009

Bollard holds OCR at 2.5%

Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard held the official cash rate at 2.50% as expected and said while economic activity showing signs of stabilising, the high New Zealand dollar was helping to keep the economy "weak." The Kiwi tumbled after his statement.

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Thursday, Oct 23, 2008

Bollard axes rates - 1 percent

The Reserve Bank has slashed official interest rates an unprecendented 1 percentage point to 6.5 points, opening the way for cuts to mortgage rates but also highlighting the grim outlook facing the global economy

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Friday, Dec 14, 2007

Rates higher for longer

Given that the Reserve Bank held the Official Cash Rate (OCR) at 8.25% following its final rate review of the year last week, it is not surprising that there have been few movements in home loan rates since then.

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