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Welcome to the September 8 issue of the BNZ Weekly Overview

Welcome to the September 8 issue of the BNZ Weekly Overview.

Many thanks to those people who responded in our monthly Confidence Survey and also licensed real estate agents who responded in our BNZ-REINZ Residential Market Survey. The results show high confidence about the economy in a year’s time, still generally cautious business conditions currently, and an improving housing market with more and more first home buyers, only a few more investors, and potential vendors thinking about placing their properties on the market.

This week we have not learnt much fresh about the NZ economy beyond the second quarter in a row of 6.6% shrinkage in construction. Offshore the story has been one of rapidly falling markets in the first part of the week on deepening worries about the US economy (no jobs growth) and the European sovereign debt situation. Pessimism has eased off over the past two nights but it seems inevitable that it will return and generate continued volatility in the NZD whilst limiting the extent to which medium to long term NZ interest rates rise in the near future.

This week at www.tonyalexander.co.nz we have added just our weekly column., the two survey reports, plus some comments delivered at the Forestry Expo in Rotorua.

Best Regards,
Tony Alexander

ENDS


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