Here's our summary of the key news overnight in 90 seconds at 9 am including news US regulators are enacting the Volcker rule but many details are still to be worked out. This law bans proprietary trading by large banks, attempting to stop them from trading to profit for their own accounts while allowing them to continue making markets for clients.
James Bullard, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President and Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voting member who has supported the Fed’s money printing, says an improving US job market has increased the chances of a reduction in the Fed’s US$85 billion per month bond purchases. But he says any cut should be modest because inflation is too low.
The FOMC next meets on December 17 and 18. See more here on the potential for the Fed to taper.
Fed officials will be watching US government budget talks closely, with Congressional negotiators again battling to reach agreement, this time to prevent a government shutdown on January 15.
Attempts to reach a Pacific-wide Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal by the end of the year have failed. New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser maintains, however, that significant progress was made at talks in Singapore over the last four days. TPP Ministers and negotiators will next meet in January.
Hot on the heels of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand deciding to exempt new house builds from its restrictions on banks’ high loan-to-value ratio mortgage lending, the NZ Herald reports five lenders want to join Housing New Zealand’s Welcome Home Loan first-home buyer scheme. Among the big banks only Westpac and Kiwibank currently offer these loans. The Government has capped the number of Welcome Home Loans available to 2,400 for the year to June 2014. Some 200 loans were applied for last month versus just 54 in November last year.
There was a mixed picture on the Chinese economy overnight with retail sales unexpectedly accelerating in November and industrial output rising less than expected. According to official statistics, factory production rose 10% year-on-year, compared with analysts’ median projection of 10.1%. Retail sales rose 13.7%.
The New Zealand dollar starts at about US83.31 cents, nearly A91c, with the trade weighted index at 77.94.
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