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

 


Deflation spectre portends cut to OCR needed

edia statement Friday, January 18, 2013

Deflation spectre portends cut to OCR needed

In light of the latest CPI result today the Reserve Bank should review how it assesses inflation and cut the official cash rate, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says.

"With inflation below the Reserve Bank's mandated target for three consecutive quarters now the official cash rate should be cut, said Kim Campbell, EMA's chief executive.

"Lowering the OCR makes sense for three important reasons:

1) It would help keep us in line with interest rate cuts in Australia, our largest trading partner, thereby maintaining the trans-Tasman cross rate at its present favourable level. Further falls in the Australian dollar could well stifle our exports to Australia and short circuit our fragile recovery.

2) It should keep us within the central bank's mandated target range for inflation by holding CPI prices between one and three per cent over the medium term.

3) It would make investment in productive enterprise more attractive; interest costs are a hand brake on investment.


"If we're lucky it might also help bring our exchange rate down marginally.

"The Reserve Bank needs to separate out the price inflation in Auckland's housing market from the deflation elsewhere in the economy. For example the Producers Price Index has been negative for many months, and Auckland's house prices are driven by insufficient stock due to few new houses being built over recent years.

"No adjustment to interest rates will make any difference to the present lack of housing.

"If housing affordability is an issue, that's hardly the responsibility of the Reserve Bank and we fail to see why the productive sector should be punished for a lack of housing stock.

"Some groups advocate a change to the Reserve Bank Act. That's unnecessary. All the Bank has to do is stick to its own rules."


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Must Sell 20 Petrol Stations: Z Cleared To Buy Caltex Assets

Z Energy is allowed to buy the Caltex and Challenge! petrol station chains but must sell 19 of its retail sites and one truck-stop, the Commerce Commission has ruled in a split decision that acknowledges possible retail price coordination between fuel retailers occurs in some regions. More>>

ALSO:

Huntly: Genesis Extends Life Of Coal-Fuelled Power Station To 2022

Genesis Energy will keep its two coal and gas-fired units at Huntly Power Station operating until 2022, having previously said they'd be closed by 2018, after wringing a high price from other electricity generators who wanted to keep them as back-up. More>>

ALSO:

Dammed If You Do: Ruataniwha Irrigation Scheme Hits Farmer Uptake Targets

Enough Hawke's Bay farmers have signed up for water from the proposed Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme for it to go ahead as long as a cornerstone institutional capital investor can be found to back it, its regional council promoter announced. More>>

ALSO:

Reserve Bank: OCR Stays At 2.25%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2.25 percent, in a decision traders had said could go either way, while predicting inflation will pick up as the slump in oil prices washes out of the data and capacity pressures start to build in the economy. More>>

ALSO:

Export Values Down: NZ Posts Biggest Annual Trade Deficit In 7 Years

New Zealand has recorded its biggest annual trade deficit since April 2009, reflecting weaker prices of agricultural commodities such as dairy products, beef and lamb, and increased imports of vehicles and machinery. More>>

ALSO:

Currency Events: NZ's New $5 Note Wins International Banknote Award

New Zealand’s new Brighter Money $5 note has been named Banknote of the Year in a prestigious international competition. The $5 note was awarded the IBNS Banknote of the Year title at the International Bank Note Society’s annual meeting. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news