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Financial Stability

Geoff Bascand says the health of business, household and bank balance sheets going into the pandemic played a very important role in the better than expected outcomes
14th Oct 21, 2:04pm
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Geoff Bascand says the health of business, household and bank balance sheets going into the pandemic played a very important role in the better than expected outcomes
Paola Subacchi considers the consequences if the Chinese authorities fail to ring-fence the Evergrande debacle
7th Oct 21, 11:45am
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Paola Subacchi considers the consequences if the Chinese authorities fail to ring-fence the Evergrande debacle
David Hargreaves says all the language is around further interest rate rises - but his crystal ball is looking very murky when it comes to our now Covid-hit economy
6th Oct 21, 2:56pm
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David Hargreaves says all the language is around further interest rate rises - but his crystal ball is looking very murky when it comes to our now Covid-hit economy
The NZIER's latest 'Shadow Board' review ahead of this week's OCR decision shows businesses going cooler on interest rate rises
4th Oct 21, 11:31am
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The NZIER's latest 'Shadow Board' review ahead of this week's OCR decision shows businesses going cooler on interest rate rises
Fairness issues raised over Reserve Bank's decision to close the door on first-home buyers who don't have deposits of at least 20%
27th Sep 21, 5:26pm
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Fairness issues raised over Reserve Bank's decision to close the door on first-home buyers who don't have deposits of at least 20%
The Reserve Bank is widely expected to raise the Official Cash Rate to 0.5% from the current 0.25% next week
27th Sep 21, 2:52pm
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The Reserve Bank is widely expected to raise the Official Cash Rate to 0.5% from the current 0.25% next week
Start to new lending restrictions delayed by a month, but RBNZ expects banks to observe the 'spirit' of the new rules from now
23rd Sep 21, 10:28am
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Start to new lending restrictions delayed by a month, but RBNZ expects banks to observe the 'spirit' of the new rules from now
Latest KPMG Financial Institutions Performance Survey shows the second highest number of first home buyers ever in the June quarter - but with fewer borrowing on high LVRs
23rd Sep 21, 8:44am
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Latest KPMG Financial Institutions Performance Survey shows the second highest number of first home buyers ever in the June quarter - but with fewer borrowing on high LVRs
David Hargreaves says the likely ongoing presence of Covid in the community poses further questions for our central bank as it looks to 'normalise' interest rates
21st Sep 21, 2:16pm
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David Hargreaves says the likely ongoing presence of Covid in the community poses further questions for our central bank as it looks to 'normalise' interest rates
Questions raised over whether there's a case for the RBNZ to protect first-home buyers from themselves in the name of keeping the financial system as a whole stable
15th Sep 21, 4:15pm
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Questions raised over whether there's a case for the RBNZ to protect first-home buyers from themselves in the name of keeping the financial system as a whole stable
The RBNZ appears to have run out of live ammo to tackle the housing market right now. But David Hargreaves argues that with the housing market, it is the years ahead we need to be worrying about
8th Sep 21, 2:13pm
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The RBNZ appears to have run out of live ammo to tackle the housing market right now. But David Hargreaves argues that with the housing market, it is the years ahead we need to be worrying about
RBNZ Deputy Governor and head of financial stability Geoff Bascand to leave the central bank in January
7th Sep 21, 12:15pm
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RBNZ Deputy Governor and head of financial stability Geoff Bascand to leave the central bank in January
RBNZ admits first-home buyers are the target of its proposal to tighten LVR restrictions, as it's worried high house prices are seeing them bite off more than they can chew
3rd Sep 21, 7:10pm
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RBNZ admits first-home buyers are the target of its proposal to tighten LVR restrictions, as it's worried high house prices are seeing them bite off more than they can chew
The continued surge in mortgage borrowing has seen the country grow its mortgage debt by over 12% in the past year
31st Aug 21, 3:48pm
The continued surge in mortgage borrowing has seen the country grow its mortgage debt by over 12% in the past year
RBNZ seeks feedback on introducing an insurance policyholder guarantee scheme to pay out claims in the event of an insurer failing
31st Aug 21, 11:33am
RBNZ seeks feedback on introducing an insurance policyholder guarantee scheme to pay out claims in the event of an insurer failing
Latest Reserve Bank monthly figures show $8.8 billion of mortgages were advanced last month, easily a record for a July; $100 billon borrowed in last 12 months
25th Aug 21, 3:27pm
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Latest Reserve Bank monthly figures show $8.8 billion of mortgages were advanced last month, easily a record for a July; $100 billon borrowed in last 12 months
David Hargreaves looks at some of the issues ahead - particularly for first home buyers - as the Reserve Bank mulls tighter lending rules by October this year
22nd Aug 21, 6:01am
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David Hargreaves looks at some of the issues ahead - particularly for first home buyers - as the Reserve Bank mulls tighter lending rules by October this year
The Reserve Bank now believes house prices are likely to fall right through from 2022 to 2024; says current prices are unsustainable
18th Aug 21, 4:17pm
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The Reserve Bank now believes house prices are likely to fall right through from 2022 to 2024; says current prices are unsustainable
ANZ economists point to a 'sharp disconnect' between what NZ analysts and offshore pundits believe the Reserve Bank will do on interest rates this week
16th Aug 21, 2:49pm
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ANZ economists point to a 'sharp disconnect' between what NZ analysts and offshore pundits believe the Reserve Bank will do on interest rates this week
RBNZ survey of households finds expectations of higher house prices have actually increased, while mortgage holders are far less worried about meeting payments than renters
16th Aug 21, 11:01am
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RBNZ survey of households finds expectations of higher house prices have actually increased, while mortgage holders are far less worried about meeting payments than renters
As the Reserve Bank ponders the likely introduction next year of measures to limit high debt-to-income lending, latest figures show Kiwis - particularly first home buyers - are continuing to stretch themselves further and further to buy houses
12th Aug 21, 3:46pm
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As the Reserve Bank ponders the likely introduction next year of measures to limit high debt-to-income lending, latest figures show Kiwis - particularly first home buyers - are continuing to stretch themselves further and further to buy houses
David Hargreaves looks at some of the options in the long-running saga that has been the Reserve Bank's quest for a debt-to-income measure for the housing market
11th Aug 21, 12:11pm
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David Hargreaves looks at some of the options in the long-running saga that has been the Reserve Bank's quest for a debt-to-income measure for the housing market
Journalists have a yarn about immigration settings being in flux, who will feel the pinch of tighter mortgage lending restrictions, and next Wednesday's big interest rate decision
9th Aug 21, 1:21pm
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Journalists have a yarn about immigration settings being in flux, who will feel the pinch of tighter mortgage lending restrictions, and next Wednesday's big interest rate decision
ASB economists say the Reserve Bank 'should consider' starting lifting interest rates with a 50 basis-point rise and say the central bank could use interest rates to 'douse the housing market'
9th Aug 21, 12:56pm
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ASB economists say the Reserve Bank 'should consider' starting lifting interest rates with a 50 basis-point rise and say the central bank could use interest rates to 'douse the housing market'
The extraordinary resurgence of the New Zealand economy will require a very measured approach from our central bank
5th Aug 21, 3:04pm
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The extraordinary resurgence of the New Zealand economy will require a very measured approach from our central bank