Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


NZ dollar slips as fiscal cliff talks grind slower

NZ dollar slips as fiscal cliff talks grind slower in Washington

Dec. 21 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand dollar fell amid concern time is running out for politicians in Washington to avert the fiscal cliff and help prevent the world’s biggest economy falling into recession.

The kiwi dollar fell to 83.32 US cents from 83.47 cents at 5pm in Wellington yesterday. The trade-weighted index declined to 74.33 from 74.46.

Officials from President Barack Obama's administration told leaders of US business and financial-services groups that negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner have deteriorated in the last 24 hours, Bloomberg News reported, citing a person familiar with the meeting. Republicans in Congress will vote on Boehner's plan to raise taxes on incomes over US$1 million, though Obama is insisting on a US$400,000 threshold.

“The kiwi has had a stellar run in the last couple of weeks – the downside is where the risk lies,” said Michael Johnston, director of foreign exchange at HiFX. “Financial markets are still focused on the US fiscal cliff negotiations which seem to have stalled.”

The kiwi dropped yesterday after figures showed the economy grew 0.2 percent in the third quarter, half the expected pace, while historical revisions showed New Zealand suffered two recessions in the past four years. The Reserve Bank has forecast a pickup in growth for the fourth quarter.

The New Zealand dollar fell to 51.17 British pence from 51.32 pence and dropped to 62.94 euro cents from 63.09 cent. It rose to 70.31 yen from 70.16 yen after the Bank of Japan yesterday increased its asset purchase programme. The kiwi fell to 79.47 Australian cents from 79.68 cents.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Maritime: Navigation Safety Review Raises Big Issues For The Govt

Shipping Federation: "The reports makes it clear that the ratification of the Maritime Labour convention (MLC) is long overdue. Only when the MLC is ratified will Maritime NZ be able to inspect and enforce the labour conditions on international ships visiting our ports." More>>

ALSO:

100 Years After Einstein Prediction: Gravitational Waves Found

For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos. More>>

ALSO:

Farming: Alliance Plans To Start Docking Farmer Payments

Alliance Group, New Zealand's second-largest meat cooperative, plans to start withholding some stock payments to its farmers from next week to bolster its balance sheet and force suppliers to meet their share requirements. More>>

ALSO:

Gambling: SkyCity First Half Profit Rises 30%, Helped By High Rollers

SkyCity anticipates the Auckland business will benefit from government gaming concessions which were triggered on Nov. 11 in recognition of SkyCity’s $470 million Convention Centre development. Morrison said the concessions would allow the Auckland business to lift its activity during peak period, noting it had a record revenue week over the Christmas and New Year period. More>>

ALSO:

Money For Light: Kiwi Scientists Secure Preferential Access To Synchrotron

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced a three-year investment of $2.8 million in the Australian Synchrotron, the largest piece of scientific infrastructure in the Southern Hemisphere, to secure preferential access for Kiwi scientists. More>>

Telco Industry Report: Investment Hits $1.7 Bln A Year

Investment in the telecommunications sector is $1.7 billion a year, proportionately one of the highest levels in the OECD, according to a report released today on the status of the New Zealand sector. More>>

ALSO:

PGPs: New Programme Sets Sights On Strong Wool

A new collaboration between The New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), announced today, aims to deliver premiums for New Zealand's strong wool sector... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news