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RBNZ Raises OCR…

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The RBNZ raised the official cash rate by 0.50% or 50 points yesterday to 1.5% marking the 4th rate rise in the past 8 months from the low of 0.25% The Central bank said they felt it appropriate to tighten monetary policy in light of rising inflation and to support maximum employment. This should give the RBNZ additional scope and flexibility to manage and mitigate rising inflation expectations. It’s a bold move we think with arguably most local analysts predicting only a 0.25% rise and not 0.50%. High consumer inflation clearly needs to come down much lower than the current 5.9% (December quarter), but then again, we are in the middle of a war and global supply chain shortages remain, causing disruptions to product delivery. A rise of 0.25% in our mind would have done the job when omicron and a supply chain issues causing inflation spikes look somewhat temporary.

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