A review of things you need to know before you go home on Wednesday; a TD rate cut, QV lower, car sales lower, commodity prices lower, Court rules on assignments case, swaps lower, NZD stable, & more

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Wednesday; a TD rate cut, QV lower, car sales lower, commodity prices lower, Court rules on assignments case, swaps lower, NZD stable, & more
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Here are the key things you need to know before you leave work today.

No changes to report today, so far

NBS has cut its TD rates across all terms.

The latest monthly Quotable Value data shows property values declining in Auckland and Queenstown with tentative signs of falls in Wellington. Overall nationally, prices are up +2.0% in June from a year ago although that is less than the +2.6% rise recorded in May.

Car sales are also retreating. The June level of 8,748 is -10% lower than the level recorded for June 2018. That is the fourth consecutive month of year-on-year falls. SUV sales are holding at about 67% of all car sales. Commercial vehicle sales are also lower, down -4.4% on the same basis.

The ANZ World Commodity Price Index fell -3.9% m/m in June from May, to record its first decrease this year. Weaker dairy prices were the main culprit for the drop. The index has fallen -2.4% in the past year.

Equity markets in Shanghai (-0.9%), Hong Kong (-0.3%) and Tokyo (-0.7%) have opened today very much on the back foot. This breather comes after a month of solid gains in all three markets. Interest rate yields are falling at the same time.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson is calling for "a mature debate" over the Reserve Bank's plans to increase banks' regulatory capital requirements.

“All New Zealanders want a safe banking sector that supports our economy. Safe and efficient banks are important for New Zealand families, our communities and our businesses.Our banks are generally safe and secure, and indeed very profitable, so much so that the Australian owners of some of them are among the most profitable banks in the world. But we must always be looking at whether there are ways to do better in terms of security and safety and to keep the worst from happening," Robertson says.

“The review of bank capital is being undertaken by the Reserve Bank as the independent regulator. That independence is legislated through the Reserve Bank Act. The goal of this exercise by the Reserve Bank is to ensure New Zealand has a safe and efficient banking system, which gives support and confidence to all New Zealanders."

“This requires a mature debate about the settings underpinning the banking system. I want to remind all parties that we are still in a consultation process. I am calling on all interested participants to listen to and work with each other constructively as this work is carried out. The aim is to strike a balance which ensures a safe and efficient banking system that New Zealanders need and deserve,” adds Robertson.

The Reserve Bank released submissions on its proposals this week. For background and detail on the proposals and bank capital in general, and the nuts and bolts of what's proposed, see our three part series herehere and here.  Additionally the Reserve Bank proposes to designate the big four as systemically important banks meaning they'd have capital requirements above and beyond other banks.

The NZ Supreme Court has handed the insurers a 'win', confirming the industry stance on assignments. An assignee can only assign a loss they have actually suffered. Selling a property instead of repairing it, as has happened a lot in Christchurch with quake damaged houses, means the policyholder has avoided the financial cost of the repair work, which in essence means they have not suffered a loss. "Claimants cannot assign a claim to recover costs they have chosen not to incur," ruled the Court.

In Australia, they have posted another record trade surplus on the back of strong iron ore prices and shipments. The May surplus is +AU$5.7 bln, smashing the previous record of +AU$4.8 bln set only a month prior.

Local swap rates are falling sharply today, down about -4 bps across the curve. The UST 10yr yield is down too, down -6 bps to 1.96%. Their 2-10 curve is a 'positive' +22 bps while their negative 1-5 curve is now under -20 bps. The Aussie Govt 10yr is down -4 bps at 1.30%. The China Govt 10yr is down even more sharply, down -8 bps to 3.18%, while the NZ Govt 10 yr is down -4 bps at 1.55%. The 90 day bank bill rate is unchanged at 1.62%.

The Kiwi dollar is unchanged from this time yesterday at 66.8 USc. On the cross rates we've dipped slightly to 95.6 AUc. Against the euro we are unchanged at 59.2 euro cents. That has left the TWI-5 at 71.6.

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The Insurance judgement is gonna have a few AIWI buyers in Christchurch and related areas, re-jigging their budgets and perhaps wondering why they persisted with the purchase.....

Early on the insurers invested in much expensive legal analysis of their policy assignment clauses and have always sounded confident in the (varying) positions they took. Anyone seeking legal advice when purchasing an as-is property would (or should) have been told they should count on receiving indemnity value only. The people involved in this case either did not seek advice, were badly advised, ignored advice, just decided to take a punt on achieving a favourable judgement, or else people with wider interests that would benefit from assignment clauses being broken could have been behind this action. In the earthquake aftermath one contingency fee based advocate prominent at the time, boasted they were confident of busting the insurers assignment clauses. This seems an obscure and minor case; it isn't. A great deal of money potentially turns on the outcome, with the difference between indemnity and replacement often significant.

NOT DEFLATING - The Supply of Rentals.
Just because I was intrigued about the number of houses being withdrawn from Barfoot and Thompson's sales register and something mikekirk29 said yesterday about houses being withdrawn at the end of a month... where are they going? Onto the rental register perhaps?

The national supply of Rentals has Inflated since this morning.
Auckland had a quick leap up from 4799 rentals (Trademe) this morning to 4831 this afternoon
Nationally 9468 has jumped to 9508.

From the Interest.co.nz Archives from 5th October 2018. Trademe rental numbers below). It will be interesting to see if the current numbers drop (given our housing shortage) between now and October 5th to provide a fair comparison or whether they continue to rise and provide tenants more choice.

'Auckland - 4013 rental listings
Nationally - 8485 rental listings'

Hi Joe,

I follow the Auckland total rental listings on Trademe as I think it’s a pretty useful, although very general indicator, of where various things are going.

Interesting enough TM rental listings currently are, and have been all year, in lockstep with last year’s figures – I would have thought we would have seen a slow but steady increase – but no – and thus a little puzzling.

Is any increase (including withdrawn houses) continuing to be absorbed by continuing strong immigration numbers – maybe?

Perhaps, year on year comparisons will be worth looking at when the dates match up.

“Finance Minister Grant Robertson is calling for "a mature debate"”

I wonder if Robertson is not so subtly referring to a recent bout of very public toy throwing/ ball taking home silliness by one of the major participants recently.

Nah I suspect he was practising for the next cabinet meeting

Why is the 2-10 curve always 'positive', in quotation marks?

Sweden's Riksbank is the next central bank to decide on OCR settings tonight. One of few central banks to raise rates in the past year, from -0.5 to -0.25 percent, its widely forecast that settings will remain the same. With a real estate index that can be neatly overlaid upon New Zealand/Auckland real estate charts , prices have fallen for the past four quarters- although not by a large amount. I have copied mortgage rates from some of their larger institutions, as both New Zealand and Australia appear headed down the same path.

And In another market, perhaps more similar to Auckland than Sweden, simply because it experienced a little bit of Chinese laundry too (Vancouver) - sales of new units have literally fallen on their arse. You wouldn’t want to be building too much into that sort of market.


look like the call is in.. no change., stays at -0.25%