A review of things you need to know before you go home on Monday; no rate changes, housing shortage spreads, Green Fund open, swaps lower, NZD soft, & more

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Monday; no rate changes, housing shortage spreads, Green Fund open, swaps lower, NZD soft, & more
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Here are the key things you need to know before you leave work today.

MORTGAGE RATE CHANGES
None to report today.

TERM DEPOSIT RATE CHANGES
None here either.

HOUSING SHORTAGE SPREADS
The under supply of housing may be far worse in many provincial centres than it is in Auckland, according to the latest census figures released by Statistics NZ. The figures show that between the 2013 and 2018 censuses this country's usually resident population increased by 10.8%, while the total number of dwellings (occupied and unoccupied) increased by just 6.2%.

WHERE THE VACANT HOUSES ARE & AREN'T
The same release suggests that "unoccupied dwellings" are about 10% of all dwellings, or about 185,000 houses. Some will be developments built awaiting owners to shift in, some rented properties between tenants, but most will be holiday houses. In fact, the largest proportions are for vacation regions: Great Barrier Island = 51%, Waiheke Island = 33%, Taupo = 32%, Ruapehu = 33%, Kaikoura = 32%, Mckenzie District = 42%, Queenstown-Lakes = 28%. In the main urban centres, the levels are relatively low with Auckland 7.3%, Hamilton 5.3%, Tauranga 8.8%, Napier 5.7%, Wellington 6.1%, Christchurch 8.5% and Dunedin 7.4%. The place with the lowest vacancy rate is Mt Roskill/ThreeKings in Auckland with a vacancy rate of 4.2%.

GREEN INVESTMENT FINANCE OPEN FOR BUSINESS
New Zealand Green Investment Finance, a $100 mln government initiative aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, is now up and running and seeking projects for commercial investment. This follows the appointment of a leadership team and its formal establishment.

RBNZ LOSING SUPPORT FROM HEAVY HITTERS
The NZIER has a Shadow Board to make its assessment of what the RBNZ will do to the OCR on Wednesday. They are divided on that. They thought the RBNZ should keep the OCR on hold, although some saw a higher OCR as appropriate. However, "many Shadow Board members were sceptical about whether a further lowering of interest rates would boost activity and headline inflation".

RISKS ABATED
In Australia, their financial regulators are now saying "the potential for risks to financial stability from falling housing prices in Sydney and Melbourne has abated".

EQUITY MARKET UPDATE
Although Tokyo markets are closed today for a public holiday, Shanghai and Hong Kong are open, although they probably wish they weren't. Shanghai is down -1.2% in early trade and Hong Kong is gown -0.7%. The ASX200 is up +0.4% and the NZX50 is up +0.3% in afternoon trade.

SWAP RATES LOWER
Wholesale swap rates are down -2 bps across the whole curve today. The 90-day bank bill rate is -1 bps lower at 1.13%. Australian swap rates are unchanged but the Aussie Govt 10yr is down -7 bps at 0.99%. The China Govt 10yr is down -3 bps at 3.10%, while the NZ Govt 10 yr is down another -3 bps to 1.16%. The UST 10yr yield is unchanged since this morning at 1.72%.

NZ DOLLAR LOWER
The Kiwi dollar is down further at just on 62.7 USc. Against the Aussie we are soft at 92.6 AU cents. Against the euro we are unchanged at 56.9 euro cents. That puts the TWI-5 down to just on 68.

BITCOIN SOFT
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"unoccupied dwellings" are about 10% of all dwellings, or about 185,000 houses. Some will be developments built awaiting owners to shift in, some rented properties between tenants, but most will be holiday houses. In fact, the largest proportions are for vacation regions: Great Barrier Island = 51%, Waiheke Island = 33%, Taupo = 32%, Ruapehu = 33%, Kaikoura = 32%, Mckenzie District = 42%, Queenstown-Lakes = 28%

ahh.. the kiwi dream aye

Looking at the latest census data we really, really need an Empty Homes Tax. Take Auckland for example where most wage earners can't afford a home. We're now up to at least 40,000 unoccupied private dwellings! That's just insane. Vancouver only has officially 8,500 unoccupied private dwellings and yet they brought in an Empty Homes tax which so far is collecting huge amounts of revenue for them, up to $38 million in their first year! Which is used to build new affordable homes.
NZ Census link: http://statsnz.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=97e2e97c2...

I really like the closed-loop tax initiatives. Appears similar average house price in Auckland and Vancouver. Applying the same tax would roughly collect ~$175m for new builds - that's like 3 Kiwibuilds!

"The under supply of housing may be far worse in many provincial centres than it is in Auckland, according to the latest census figures released by Statistics NZ. The figures show that between the 2013 and 2018 censuses this country's usually resident population increased by 10.8%, while the total number of dwellings (occupied and unoccupied) increased by just 6.2%."

The above is stated in a more sensible manner.. the provincial centres are having a worse shortage than auckland is actually facing... all along it was proclaimed that Auckland was having a severe shortage.. based on the census data, its not the case...

What are the barriers to building more houses in the provincial centres? Shouldn't land be cheap?

hopefully they now catch up..

All along AUCKLAND was the only focus.. regions were ignored..

But why weren’t builders building houses in the regions? I can see plenty of reasons in Auckland such as lack of land, restrictive planning, shortage of labour, etc. but do these issues exist in the regions (and should they)?

Well, just consider The 'Naki - No Mo' O&G so local economy tanks. Or West Coast (SI) - No Mo' Touching conservation land (85-90% of the show). Neither is gonna make builders say - oh, let's drop $200K on a speccie and Hope....' Then expand that to any province primarily dependent on Farming, and join the dots.....

For the last 9 years, the regions were left to survive on their own... National only focused on Auckland.. john key went so far to call Wellington a dead city, whereas today it's booming..

The net migration loss from Auckland were mainly people selling up and buying in the regions... under national, they let the market dictate terms and hence builders were drip feeding properties to the market.. hopefully if the government can drive KB in the regions, you will notice that consents will start to jump..

As per recent article, 10 prefab KB are being built in Napier.. this is fantastic and will drive competition..

Recent job ads show growth in regions ..hopefully this will drive overall activity up..

The US$/NZ$ graph looks ominous. What odds something starting with a 5 sometime soon?

Quite ominous given there is reported demand for NZD from foreign sources to settle just less than half of the Treasury's new $2.0 billion note issue this Wednesday.

The climate change overview released today looks ominous, we need to triple our emissions commitments and close coal by 2030.
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49773869
Carless days...electrify NI rail...rolling blackouts...

Shut down the Beehive for a year.

Trump’s Next Trade Feud Has Parcels From China in Its Sights

Next week, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro will lead a delegation to Geneva to try to reform the 145-year-old global system of coordinating postal policies, a method he says treats American companies unfairly.

And if his reform push fails? The U.S. is ready to ditch the Universal Postal Union as soon as Oct. 17, which could throw into chaos how packages are sent to and from the U.S., and would likely add costly bureaucratic hurdles.

I've noticed most of our small package items from China have recently been mailed in Germany. I guess they ship a container load of packages into Hamburg and drop the lot into the local mailbox, so to speak.... I'm not surprised that the US is having a good look at the current system.

Listen to the NPR money podcast on this. It is just another trade subsidy that screws small US/NZ business.

32% in Kaikoura, sounds high, must include all the baches along SH1, north and south of the town. No wonder the new 30 M Sudina hotel is being prefabricated somewhere else, staff cant get anywhere to live. Are the numbers available for the main Kaikoura town on its own?

Glad to see the Green Fund finally open. I have a potential business proposition.

I might start a rent-a-protest mob business - for all your outrage culture needs! See rent-a-mob!

BBC news: Thomas Cook has collapsed after last-minute negotiations aimed at saving the 178-year-old holiday firm failed. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said the tour operator had "ceased trading with immediate effect". The tour operator's failure puts 22,000 jobs at risk worldwide, including 9,000 in the UK.
While an estimated 150,000 Britons are affected by Thomas Cook's collapse, the company has around 600,000 customers abroad.
What went wrong? Thomas Cook had secured a £900m rescue deal led by its largest shareholder Chinese firm Fosun in August, but a recent demand from its lending banks to raise a further £200m in contingency funding had put the deal in doubt. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-49791249

200 - 300 more Kiwi build housrs for Wanaka then.

Janus Enters Eye of the Repo Storm With a $35 Million Yen Wager

The firm’s $1.1 billion Janus Short Duration Income exchange-traded fund, which trades under the ticker VNLA, entered into $35 million worth of dollar-yen forward contracts this week that expire on Oct. 1, according to the ETF’s latest holdings data. Lending out dollars to hold yen cash for one week is currently on offer at a yield of 3.7% for greenback-based holders, according to Bloomberg data.

To capitalize on the crunch, a dollar-based investor would sell the U.S. currency in the spot market and buy yen, while agreeing to sell the Japanese currency in the forward market at a fixed price. As of Sept. 19, more than 3% of VNLA’s holdings are in dollar-yen forward contracts to do exactly that.

David, is there a press release on Green Investment Finance? Their website isn't updated, their latest website news dates back to May.

ah it seems to be updated now