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NZD: RBNZ forecast growth to increase to 3% - TDS

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    FXStreet (Delhi) – Research Team at TDS, notes that the RBNZ Gov speech suggests that on the economic outlook, the RBNZ expects forecast growth to increase to 3%, but acknowledges the risks to the NZ economy are to the downside, in particular, the difficult external environment and weak commodity prices.

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    “As for the PTA, the Gov went to some length to justify why the Bank is looking at core inflation and why following the PTA in a mechanistic manner is not appropriate this time (due to oil) implying a rate cut is not likely soon.

    Q4 Employment data was very strong, employment rising +0.9%/qtr (TD +1.3%, mkt +0.8%) with the expected bounce in part-time (+2.5%) after the mysterious crash of Sep qtr (-3.8%). Full-time solid at +0.6% to be +2.0%/yr. The unemployment rate crashed from 6+% to 5.3%, but there are no fears that this will feed into inflation, as strong net migration is boosting employment without lifting wages. A good result all round.

    Overnight milk prices fell for the 3rd straight auction, the index dropping 7.4% with whole milk powder dropping more than 10%. The March qtr tends to be the low point for auction volume, so the dairy price may not have hot a floor yet.”
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