Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Molesworth & Featherston (Weekend) – December 9th

Molesworth & Featherston - Weekend Update edition


Business and Political News
December 9th 2006
molesworthandfeatherston.info

Direct Link To This Week's Weekend Update Edition:
http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/0612/MandF9Dec06L.pdf

Economy
Bullish Christmas bells

It looks like the economy has pulled out of its low growth phase and it's growing modestly again, Treasury told ministers in its latest economic update.

When the December economic and fiscal update is published on the 19th of December, it’s likely to show growth is stronger than estimated six months ago at budget time. Treasury thinks GDP increased by between a half and three quarters of a percent from June to September this year - “similar to the previous two quarters but a recovery from low growth in the second half of 2005 as a whole.”

Lower petrol prices have removed one risk to the economy and helped to free up household income. That’s helped improve the outlook in businesses about their own growth and investment – even though the job market is still tight for employers, wages growth is ‘high’ and profit margins are down because employers are mostly not passing on cost increases. (Producer prices rose 6.9 percent last year.) There is evidence the housing market is coming back. (We've heard anecdotal evidence the market has quickened again in Auckland especially). Real Estate Institute figures showed house sales and median house prices rose in October, and the median number of days to sell a house fell from 37 in May to 30 in October. Residential building consents are up substantially.

Treasury thinks renewed immigration is one factor behind rising demand.

Higher wages seem to be having an impact too - undermining claims monetary policy doesn't slow the economy when so many mortgages are fixed (fixed mortgages don’t prevent, and probably help, home-buyers to make new housing purchases, which in turn releases cash to sellers; recipients of higher wages are also capable of looking ahead two years and deciding that their wallets will still be fatter when their fixed rates roll over. The renewed strength in housing seems to disprove a fashionable theory and means we should hear less about fixed interest rates preventing the Reserve Bank from doing its job.

************

The Weekend Update is a complimentary, condensed edition of the paid-subscription only Governor’s Edition published earlier last week.

UPGRADE TO READ THE EARLY EDITION WITH MORE DEPTH
The ‘Governor’s Edition’ of Molesworth & Featherston is released from its trap deep in the Earth every week.

Bulk subscriptions are available with heavy discounts for organisations to send one to every decision-makers’ in-box.

Just email us for details or secure an individual subscription online through the awardwinning Good-Returns site with your credit card HERE.

Direct Link To This Week's Weekend Update Edition:
http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/0612/MandF9Dec06L.pdf

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Using Scoop Professionally? Introducing ScoopPro

ScoopPro is a new offering aimed at ensuring professional users get the most out of Scoop and support us to continue improving it so that Scoop continues to exist as a public service for all New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Don Rennie: Is It Time To Take ACC Back To First Principles?

The word “investing” has played a major part in the operations of the ACC since 1998... More>>

27-29 Sept: Social Enterprise World Forum Live Blog

1600+ delegates from more than 45 countries have came together to share wisdom, build networks and discuss how to create a more sustainable future using social enterprise as a vehicle. Attending the Forum were social enterprise practitioners, social entrepreneurs, policy makers, community leaders, investors, activists, academics and more from across the globe... More>>

HiveMind Report: A Universal Basic Income For Aotearoa NZ

Results from this HiveMind suggests that an overwhelming majority of Kiwis believe that due to changing circumstances and inefficiencies in the current system, we need a better system to take care of welfare of struggling members in our society. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Hivemind: Medical Cannabis - Co-Creating A Policy For Aotearoa

Welcome to the fourth and final HiveMind for Scoop’s Opening the Election campaign for 2017. This HiveMind explores the question: what would a fair, humane and safe Medical Cannabis policy look like for Aotearoa, NZ in 2018? More>>

ALSO: