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

Weekly Economics Video Update

18 April:

The past week saw inflation surprising modestly to the downside. That’s increased the chance of a May OCR cut, but it’s still a close call. At the same time, we’re seeing some important changes in the economic landscape that point to a reacceleration in the housing market. Notably, mortgage rates are at very low levels and the Government has decided not to introduce a capital gains tax.

12 April:

Inflation has been surprisingly low around the world, for years. One key driver is new technologies that have liberated consumers. The consequence for markets is low interest rates and high asset prices.

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.

5 April:

The global economic slowdown is likely to impact prices for key New Zealand agri products, but only modestly. We expect dairy auction prices to retreat from their current high levels. Even so, we are looking at a farmgate milk price of $7.00 for next season.

8 March:

This month we discuss the impact on farmers of the proposal to tax capital gains while reducing rates of income tax.