sign uplog in
Want to go ad-free? Find out how, here.

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Tuesday; some retail rate changes, auction rooms quietening, Westpac warns on results, swaps stable, NZD firm, & more

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Tuesday; some retail rate changes, auction rooms quietening, Westpac warns on results, swaps stable, NZD firm, & more

Here are the key things you need to know before you leave work today.

MORTGAGE RATE CHANGES
BNZ has withdrawn its unique seven year fixed home loan offer. Non-existent demand is behind the move.

TERM DEPOSIT RATE CHANGES
Both Kiwibank and Heartland Bank raised some term deposit rates today. More here.

QUIETER, WITH LESS SUCCESS
Auckland realtor Barfoot & Thompson has seen its auction success rate fall to just 50% in last week's activity as housing market activity falls back from its very active pre-Easter levels.

COLLATERAL DAMAGE
Diana Clement finds there are many relatively common cases where the new denial of interest deductibility will hit first home buyers hard, and she finds confusion over the definition of a 'new-build'.

ASB BOND OFFER OPEN
ASB has now supplied more details of its wholesale fund raising. It will be a five year bond, and the are seeking $100 mln "with unlimited oversubscriptions". The indicative interest rate will be the five year swap rate (currently about 1.04%) plus a margin of between 0.55%-0.60% pa. So around 1.61%, which is actually less than what they offer retail investors for a five year term deposit (1.75% pa).

BIG RED EMBARRASSED
Westpac warned today that its six month Group banking result was weak, with losses and writedowns in a set of six issues. That included a loss of AU$113 mln when it sold Westpac Pacific. The lower result was despite them booking a +AU$288 mln gain from its early Coinbase investment, and another +AU$18 mln from its holding in BNPL Zip Co.

BEATS EXPECTATIONS
South Korea’s preliminary Q1-2021 GDP showed that their economy is now above its pre-pandemic size. The recovery gained momentum, helped by strong exports and a recovery in domestic demand. Despite expected headwinds (like the virus returning), South Korea is on track to be the first in this region to get back to normal monetary policy.

GOLD SLIPS
After rising to US$1781 in New York earlier today, it has slipped back to US$1776 in early Australian and Asian trading.

EQUITIES SLIP AGAIN
The S&P500 ended today's session up a minor +0.2%. Shanghai, it has opened -0.5% lower and Hong Kong is -0.2% lower at their open. The very large Tokyo market has opened down -0.3% in early trade. The ASX200 is down -0.4% in early afternoon trade while the NZX50 Capital Index is flat in late trade.

SWAPS & BONDS FIRM
We don't have today's closing swap rates yet. If there are significant movements today, we will note them here later when we get the data. They are probably little-changed. The 90 day bank bill rate is unchanged at 0.35%. The Australian Govt ten year benchmark rate is up +2 bps from this time yesterday at 1.69%. The China Govt ten year bond is up +3 bps at 3.21%. And the New Zealand Govt ten year is up +3 bps at 1.62% and now above the level of the earlier RBNZ fixing at 1.60% (+4 bps). The US Govt ten year is holding at 1.58%, similar to Friday's level.

NZ DOLLAR SOFTER AFTER FIRM PERIOD
The Kiwi dollar is now at 72.1 USc after having risen yesterday. Against the Aussie we are softer at 92.6 AUc. Against the euro we are firmer at 59.8 euro cents. That means the TWI-5 is up slightly to 73.8 although that is a bit lower than where we started this morning.

BITCOIN RECOVERS
The bitcoin price is now at US$53,932 and +9.0% higher than this time on Friday. Essentially it is back to the level it was for most of the week before last. But it has been very volatile in between. In the past 24 hours, volatility has been less extreme at +/- 2.4%.

This soil moisture chart is animated here.

Keep ahead of upcoming events by following our Economic Calendar here ».

Daily exchange rates

Select chart tabs »

The 'US$' chart will be drawn here.
Loading...
Daily benchmark rate
Source: RBNZ
The 'AU$' chart will be drawn here.
Loading...
Daily benchmark rate
Source: RBNZ
The 'TWI' chart will be drawn here.
Loading...
Daily benchmark rate
Source: RBNZ
The '¥en' chart will be drawn here.
Loading...
Daily benchmark rate
Source: RBNZ
The '¥uan' chart will be drawn here.
Loading...
Daily benchmark rate
Source: RBNZ
The '€uro' chart will be drawn here.
Loading...
Daily benchmark rate
Source: RBNZ
The 'GBP' chart will be drawn here.
Loading...
Daily benchmark rate
Source: RBNZ
The 'Bitcoin' chart will be drawn here.
Loading...
End of day UTC
Source: CoinDesk

We welcome your comments below. If you are not already registered, please register to comment.

Remember we welcome robust, respectful and insightful debate. We don't welcome abusive or defamatory comments and will de-register those repeatedly making such comments. Our current comment policy is here.

13 Comments

So Westpac has invested $288 mio in a crypto exchange. Interesting indeed.

People need to realise that blockchain in the medium term is going to be the only financial game in town. Every single financial vehicle currently requires a ledger, and every single ledger requires an expensive governing body as custodian (investment companies, banks, governments, etc.). Blockchain fundamentally changes this paradigm allowing peer to peer, non-custodial consensus for the first time in history. And it's decentralised, which makes it censorship resistant on a global scale. There hasn't been financial news of this magnitude since fiat was first adopted in the 10th Century.

People need to realise....

Yes, but this is Westpac we're talking about. They're investing in the 'competition' that in some way threatens their very existence.

And Craig Winkler (MYOB) bought $18M worth of Xero shares in 2009. A textbook case of hedging.

No, Westpac made a nice capital gain of $288M from its early entry in that exchange, and probably cashed out a small % at the recent IPO in order to take that profit, along with many of the C level executives of Coinbase before (or as) it dropped 20% from issue price in the first few hours.
Nevertheless, any remaining stake looks certain to provide even greater future returns

I wonder if Rastus or Ham bank with Westpac..they would be shocked at such an investment in a crypto ponzi exchange company?

1.6% for a 5-year bond is a complete joke.

Considering that interest rates are going to get higher, and faster and sooner than many would expect, I would not buy any non-government 5-year bond in NZ for any less than 2.5% p.a.

CPI 1.5% ann. to March 2021, where is the risk compensation? Cartels always want it for free.

The Woman Who Shattered the Myth of the Free Market

BNZ withdrawing its seven year term (introduced in 2018) due to lack of up-take is not surprising - at 5.2% a bit of the high side.
With more now looking to longer term assurance, maybe they should now look to reintroducing them with a more attractive rate.
Meanwhile their 2.99% for five years looks to be a competitive deal.

Very high. Think about the scenarios where would you want 5.2 for 7yr rather than 2.99 for 5. Rates to 12% in 2027?

So anybody else concerned that Iran, Iraq, Lebanon & Afghanistan have all administered more COVID jabs than us?!?!?!

So anybody else concerned that Iran, Iraq, Lebanon & Afghanistan have all administered more COVID jabs than us?!?!?!

So anybody else concerned that Iran, Iraq, Lebanon & Afghanistan have all administered more COVID jabs than us?!?!?!