Tony Alexander

Economic Commentaries

Tony Alexander

Welcome to the online library we have created for placing reports and specialised commentaries too large or detailed to go into our flagship publication the BNZ Weekly Overview.

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Weekly Overview July 28 2016

Thursday July 28th 2016

In this week’s Overview we discuss the reasons why first home buyers will remain worse off than those of us who bought our first properties in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s – for decades.

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Weekly Overview July 7 2016

Thursday July 7th 2016

This is the last Weekly Overview until I return from leave in a couple of weeks time. To tide everyone over until then the issue is devoted entirely to the focus for many people of housing. We take a look at whether there are parallels with 1986-87, the implications for policy and housing here of Brexit, the Aussie election, rising nationalism in Europe and the rise of Mr Sanders and Mr Trump in the United States.

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Weekly Overview 30 June 2016

Thursday June 30th 2016

Like everyone else this week we take a look at the Brexit vote and offer some thoughts as an outsider looking in as a disgruntled bunch of Remain losers debate ditching democracy, taking votes away from old people, and portray Leave voters as racist Neanderthals.

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Weekly Overview June 23 2016

Thursday June 23rd 2016

As we all bide time waiting for the Brexit referendum result, this week we take a quick run-through of NZ economic data reinforcing our view that current NZ growth is good and reasonable prospects lie ahead.

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Weekly Overview June 16 2016

Thursday June 16th 2016

This week I am at Fieldays so start the Overview with a few observations on the mood at Australasia’s biggest agricultural gathering. I also take a look again at the housing market, focussing in on two things. Firstly a list of structural changes helping to explain the apparent downward trend in home ownership. Second the data suggesting near 40% of house sales in our three biggest cities are to investors.

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