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

 


NZ dollar rises to 6-year high vs. yen

NZ dollar rises to 6-year high vs. yen as NZ looks to raise rates while Japan continues stimulus

By Tina Morrison

Jan. 6 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand dollar hit a six-year high against the yen this morning and may trend higher this year reflecting the divergent paths of the nations’ central banks.

The kiwi touched 86.90 yen this morning, the highest level since February 2008, and was trading at 86.85 yen at 8am in Wellington, from 85.67 yen at 5pm on Friday. The local currency advanced to 82.81 US cents, from 82.72 cents at the New York close and 82.16 cents in Wellington Friday.

The New Zealand dollar has rallied 18 percent against the yen the past year as New Zealand’s Reserve Bank moves to tighten interest rates to cool a reviving local economy while the Bank of Japan has pledged to keep interest rates low and eyes the prospect of further stimulus to boost inflation.

“The anticipation of pending rate rises, whether it comes in January or March, is adding to the strength of the kiwi dollar,” said Stuart Ive, senior adviser at OMF. “The yen is weakening. They are stimulating their economy and will continue to do so for at least the next year and a half.

“It’s the tale of two cities between the central banks, we have one that has clearly signalled they intend to raise rates in the near future whilst on the Japanese front they have no intention to do such a thing.”

OMF’s Ive said the kiwi is likely to move higher against the yen this year and will likely make an attempt on its post-float high of 97.81 yen reached in July 2007.

Today, traders will be eyeing an HSBC/Markit Services PMI report for December, scheduled for release at 2:45pm New Zealand time.

The New Zealand dollar rose to 92.40 Australian cents from 91.81 cents in Wellington Friday, advanced to 60.92 euro cents from 60.16 cents and gained to 50.47 British pence from 49.99 pence. The trade-weighted index increased to 78.39 from 77.65 on Friday.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Strike: Lyttelton Port Workers Vote To Escalate Dispute

Members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) at Lyttelton Port today voted to escalate their industrial action. Around 200 RMTU members have been operating an overtime ban since 17 December and today they endorsed a series of full withdrawals of labour at the port. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Dollar Falls To 3-Year Low As Investors Favour Greenback

The New Zealand dollar fell to its lowest in more than three years as investors sold euro and bought US dollars, weakening other currencies against the greenback. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Govt Operating Deficit Smaller Than Expected

The New Zealand’s government’s operating deficit was smaller than expected in the first five months of the financial year as a clampdown on expenditure managed to offset a shortfall in the tax-take from last month’s forecast. More>>

ALSO:

0.8 Percent Annually:
NZ Inflation Falls Below RBNZ's Target

New Zealand's annual pace of inflation slowed to below the Reserve Bank's target band in the final three months of the year, giving governor Graeme Wheeler more room to keep the benchmark interest rate lower for longer.More>>

ALSO:

NASA, NOAA: Find 2014 Warmest Year In Modern Record

Since 1880, Earth’s average surface temperature has warmed by about 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degrees Celsius), a trend that is largely driven by the increase in carbon dioxide and other human emissions into the planet’s atmosphere. The majority of that warming has occurred in the past three decades. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: New Zealand’s Reserve Bank Named Central Bank Of The Year

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s efforts to stifle house price inflation by using new policy tools has seen the institution named Central Bank of the year by Central Banking Publications, a publisher specialising in global central banking practice. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news