Here are the key things you need to know before you leave work today.
TODAY'S MORTGAGE RATE CHANGES
The only change today was from BNZ. Now, all but one bank has settled on just below 6% as their key two year mortgage rate. The different one (HSBC) offers an even lower rate.
No rate changes again today.
NZ HOUSE PRICES
After peaking in April, its been all down for the REINZ/RBNZ stratified housing index. The July level is -2.2% lower over than period, although still up +5.9% over the same month a year ago. It's basically all driven by Auckland and Christchurch which are up on this stratified index by +12.2% and 13.9% respectively, year-on-year. Volume data indicates a slow winter.
AU HOUSE PRICES
The Australian Bureau of Statistics today released its June quarter house price data for their "eight capital cities" index and that was up +10.1% from the same period a year ago. Most of that was driven by Sydney which was up +15.6%. Melbourne was +9.3%, Brisbane +6.8%, Adelaide +5.6%. The rest are rising at less than 5% pa.
100% PURE NOTHING SPECIAL
The latest data (for June) of the tourist accommodation sector shows growth reduced to a crawl. Guest nights and overall occupancy rates were only up very marginally. But then, June is the low point of the year, after the summer season and before the ski season.
WESTPAC BOSS QUITS
CEO Peter Clare is leaving Westpac NZ following a medical procedure. David McLean is the acting CEO. Is Simon Power a contender as a permanent successor?
The government today said it will invest at least $350 million over the next four years to build new schools and classrooms in the rapidly growing Auckland region.
A huge class action lawsuit against most big Aussie banks has been launched in Australia. It involves claims that credit card late fees have been improperly charged.
GROWTH PICKING UP IN Q3
The ANZ Truckometer data for July was released today and it paints a continuingly strong picture of economic activity. The ANZ Heavy Traffic Index rebounded 2.6% in July. The index suggests quarterly Q2 GDP growth may well be lower than recent outturns but the strong July month result is a good start to Q3.
More than half of working New Zealanders already have plans on what they will do with their retirement savings, suggesting that the message about planning for retirement may finally be starting to sink in, according to new research from AMP.
The NZ dollar is dropping on the weak REINZ report. In fact, by the time you read this it may well be even lower. Check our real-time charts here. The NZ dollar is now at 84.2 USc, is at 90.9 AUc and the TWI is now under 79. Lower dairy prices didn't move the dollar, but tame house price movements certainly has. Go figure
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