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 20 October 2016

Thursday October 20th 2016

Some people have postulated a war between the generations centred around the housing market. Sounds exciting, but it ignores the fact that no Baby Boomer lobbied the government and Reserve Bank to engineer a return to 1960s interest rate levels just as they retire and become dependent upon earnings from bonds and term deposits.


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Weekly Overview 13 October 2016

Thursday October 13th 2016

Things are back to normal this week and we start the Overview with a look at the issue of whether per capita GDP growth is really as low as the headline numbers suggest. This article probably won’t interest most readers. But further on in the Housing section we discuss the latest REINZ numbers and look at five developments over the past fortnight of relevance to the Auckland housing market. Hint – none will stop prices from rising further.


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Weekly Overview 6 October 2016

Thursday October 6th 2016

School holidays are upon us so this week’s overview runs to less than a page. Give it a miss and more will appear next week.

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Weekly Overview 29 September 2016

Thursday September 29th 2016

This week we discuss the way our export dependence upon agriculture retards long-term growth in NZ’s economy and incomes when compared with many other countries. The absence of any fear that our meat and dairy sectors will ever be relocated offshore directs attention toward deeper and deeper efforts to open new markets for the same old products rather than investing in new ones and owning the chains for distributing them globally.


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Weekly Overview 29 September Single column

Thursday September 29th 2016

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