Bite-sized video updates on the New Zealand economy and markets.

Weekly Economics Video Update

23 February:

Our latest assessment of the New Zealand economy comes from a stronger starting point, after recent revisions to the GDP figures. But we still expect a period of slower growth this year; the outlook for inflation and interest rates depends crucially on how the exchange rate responds.

16 February:

The US Government is stoking market fears of inflation, causing all manner of market volatility at present. The NZD/USD exchange rate has been caught up, rising unexpectedly above 70 cents. We don’t think that can last, and expect the exchange rate to drop later this year.

Monthly Agri Economic Insights

We hope you find these updates helpful in shaping a view of what's in store for you beyond the farm gate.

2 February:

Last year we worried about adverse growing conditions and falling land prices, and those themes are still around. The big change recently is the recent surge in the New Zealand dollar, which will impact returns for farmers. 

8 December:

Hot dry weather does not bode well for crop production, and could affect market prices for meat and milk. Meanwhile, a rash of farms have been put up for sale and, so far, few buyers have come forward.