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

 


NZ dollar edges up as central bank meetings loom

NZ dollar edges up as central bank meetings loom, emerging markets calmer

By Paul McBeth

Jan. 29 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand dollar rose as fears over emerging markets fell, fuelling demand for risk-sensitive assets such as the kiwi, and ahead of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and US Federal Reserve policy reviews tomorrow.

The kiwi increased to 82.81 US cents at 5pm in Wellington from 82.59 cents at 8am and 82.75 cents yesterday. The trade-weighted index rose to 78.37 from 78.20 yesterday.

Global stock markets rallied and investors returned to riskier assets after fears over some developing economies subsided, with Turkey’s central bank hiking interest rates to quell a sell-off of Turkish lira.

That comes ahead of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting, which is expected to see the Fed trim another US$10 billion from its US$75 billion monthly asset purchase programme, and New Zealand’s central bank meeting, which has divided markets on whether governor Graeme Wheeler will raise interest rates at this review or the next.

“Only if we get a hike will it be good for the kiwi,” said Imre Speizer, market strategist at Westpac Banking Corp in Auckland. “The signal to March (for a rate hike) might pull the kiwi back a bit, and no signal will see it fall sharply.”

Westpac’s Speizer said the local currency may test the upside of its recent range between 82.20 US cents and 83 cents on the upbeat sentiment.

New Zealand’s economy and the government’s books got the seal of approval from Moody’s Investors Service today, with the rating agency saying both were improving after a prolonged, albeit mild, recession and the spate of earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. New Zealand is rated ‘Aaa’ by Moody’s.

The New Zealand dollar was unchanged from 94.06 Australian cents yesterday, and gained to 85.46 yen from 84.93 yen. It edged up to 60.66 euro cents from 60.48 cents, and increased to 49.95 British pence from 49.79 pence yesterday.

(BusinessDesk)


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

ETS Review: Modelling Documents Released

Three technical documents are being released to help New Zealanders engage with the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) review, Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>

ALSO:

Northland: Govt Plan Targets Transport, Web, Maori Assets

The government has released a 10-year plan to attract investors and lift economic growth in Northland, a region that perennially underperforms the rest of the country even while being endowed with natural beauty, productive land, minerals, a potential workforce, scope for manufacturing, forestry and aquaculture, and proximity to Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Statistics: Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.3 Percent

The unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent in the December 2015 quarter (from 6.0 percent), Statistics New Zealand said today. This is the lowest unemployment rate since March 2009. There were 16,000 fewer people unemployed than in the September ... More>>

ALSO:

Employment: Labour Urges Talley’s To End AFFCO Lockout

Labour has urged Talley’s to resolve the ongoing industrial dispute with AFFCO workers which is having a severe effect on the employees, their families and their communities, Labour’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. More>>

ALSO:

Three Kings: Govt To Oppose Appeal Blocking $1.2B Auckland Housing Plan

Environment Minister Nick Smith and Housing New Zealand have joined legal proceedings in support of Auckland Council and Fletcher Building opposing a bid by community groups to only allow low-rise housing in a $1.2 billion housing redevelopment on the disused site of the Three Kings quarry. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: Jetstar Expands Regional Network With Three New Routes

More New Zealanders than ever before will have access to Jetstar’s affordable flights when new services take off today from Auckland to New Plymouth and Palmerston North, and Nelson to Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news