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Mary Jo Vergara

Auckland spending has bounced after the loosening of Covid restrictions, but services spending is still well down, according to Kiwibank credit and debit card data
18th Nov 21, 11:30am
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Auckland spending has bounced after the loosening of Covid restrictions, but services spending is still well down, according to Kiwibank credit and debit card data
Kiwibank economists, who have this year been highlighting upside risks to interest rates now say some wholesale rates have gone too far and will be 'pulled down'
15th Nov 21, 1:40pm
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Kiwibank economists, who have this year been highlighting upside risks to interest rates now say some wholesale rates have gone too far and will be 'pulled down'
Kiwibank economists say there's currently an 'imbalance' in the wholesale interest rate markets and they see more 'upside risk' for mortgage rates
26th Oct 21, 3:15pm
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Kiwibank economists say there's currently an 'imbalance' in the wholesale interest rate markets and they see more 'upside risk' for mortgage rates
BNZ economists say the RBNZ is now 'well and truly behind the curve' as inflation heads to 'a number well above 5%'
18th Oct 21, 2:56pm
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BNZ economists say the RBNZ is now 'well and truly behind the curve' as inflation heads to 'a number well above 5%'
'The rebound is looking less like last year’s Red bull-powered hill sprint, and more like a herbal tea inspired jog uphill'
12th Oct 21, 10:31am
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'The rebound is looking less like last year’s Red bull-powered hill sprint, and more like a herbal tea inspired jog uphill'
Data from Kiwibank economists shows a significant drop in spending during the latest lockdown - but much smaller than the drop seen at Level 4 last year
1st Sep 21, 11:53am
Data from Kiwibank economists shows a significant drop in spending during the latest lockdown - but much smaller than the drop seen at Level 4 last year
It seems the lockdown period and subsequent changes to working patterns have helped push us towards hypochondria - and given us sore necks and bad backs
12th Jul 21, 3:27pm
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It seems the lockdown period and subsequent changes to working patterns have helped push us towards hypochondria - and given us sore necks and bad backs
Kiwibank economists say according to the bank's own transaction data, spending slumped 9% in the March quarter
8th Apr 21, 11:46am
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Kiwibank economists say according to the bank's own transaction data, spending slumped 9% in the March quarter
Economists see the housing changes announced by the Government as having a chilling effect on investor demand and acting as a significant drag on house price growth
23rd Mar 21, 2:57pm
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Economists see the housing changes announced by the Government as having a chilling effect on investor demand and acting as a significant drag on house price growth
Kiwibank economists say housing changes to be announced this week 'do have the scope' to cool the housing market but won't address the clear lack of affordable homes
22nd Mar 21, 12:02pm
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Kiwibank economists say housing changes to be announced this week 'do have the scope' to cool the housing market but won't address the clear lack of affordable homes
Kiwibank economists say they have 'drastically revised up' their projected near-term house price peak before a cooling of prices later in the year; don't see LVRs as having as much impact on investor activity as previously thought
16th Mar 21, 10:39am
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Kiwibank economists say they have 'drastically revised up' their projected near-term house price peak before a cooling of prices later in the year; don't see LVRs as having as much impact on investor activity as previously thought
It's a toss of a coin as to whether the New Zealand economy grew or contracted in the December quarter - but either way our recovery from lockdown has been impressive
15th Mar 21, 12:14pm
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It's a toss of a coin as to whether the New Zealand economy grew or contracted in the December quarter - but either way our recovery from lockdown has been impressive
Kiwibank economists have been tracking our spending - and we are still doing our best to make up for the lack of tourist dollars
29th Jan 21, 5:00am
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Kiwibank economists have been tracking our spending - and we are still doing our best to make up for the lack of tourist dollars
Economists have differing views on whether the cheap money lending programme for banks to be announced this week will be specifically aimed at lending for businesses or will be available for banks to lend wherever, including on houses
9th Nov 20, 3:19pm
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Economists have differing views on whether the cheap money lending programme for banks to be announced this week will be specifically aimed at lending for businesses or will be available for banks to lend wherever, including on houses
Statistics New Zealand says the 12.2% shrinkage of the economy in the June quarter is 'by far the largest on record in New Zealand'; the fall is in line with what major bank economists forecast
17th Sep 20, 10:58am
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Statistics New Zealand says the 12.2% shrinkage of the economy in the June quarter is 'by far the largest on record in New Zealand'; the fall is in line with what major bank economists forecast
Kiwibank economist Mary Jo Vergara says women have traditionally done well in the workforce in times of war and crises - but 90% of the drop in employment according to latest figures was women
5th Aug 20, 2:46pm
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Kiwibank economist Mary Jo Vergara says women have traditionally done well in the workforce in times of war and crises - but 90% of the drop in employment according to latest figures was women
Economists see the Reserve Bank having to do much more in future with its quantitative easing programme after inflation dropped 0.5% in the June quarter
16th Jul 20, 11:00am
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Economists see the Reserve Bank having to do much more in future with its quantitative easing programme after inflation dropped 0.5% in the June quarter
Jacinda Ardern keeps door open to possibility of cash payments to households post-lockdown as Kiwibank economists say they could be an economic 'fire starter'
23rd Apr 20, 4:55pm
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Jacinda Ardern keeps door open to possibility of cash payments to households post-lockdown as Kiwibank economists say they could be an economic 'fire starter'