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.

Weekly overview

The BNZ Weekly Overview is sent out each Thursday night to over 28,000 subscribers. The publication covers the latest data on the NZ economy, the housing market, interest rates, and foreign exchange.

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BNZ Confidence Survey

The survey is sent out to each of the 28,000 subscribers to the BNZ Weekly Overview on the first Thursday of each month and results are published the following Monday. It is the most up to date gauge of changes in business sentiment in New Zealand and accurately picks changes which subsequently appear in other surveys released with lags of many weeks.

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What’s New

Weekly Overview – April 16

Wednesday April 16th 2014

Inflation remains low in New Zealand at just 1.5%. But with the pace of economic growth lifting in an environment of resource shortages the rate will soon start heading toward 3%. That is why the Reserve Bank is likely to raise its official cash rate again next Thursday and the current pinch of weakness in the NZ dollar may not be sustained.


Weekly Overview April 10

Friday April 11th 2014

Business confidence levels are strong.

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Business Confidence Stays Strong

Friday April 11th 2014

Our monthly survey shows businesses remain highly confident about where the economy is headed.

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Weekly Overview – April 3

Friday April 4th 2014

This week we take a quick run-through of our key themes for this year to see how they are tracking.


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Weekly Overview March 27

Friday March 28th 2014

New Zealand is experiencing a migration boom with the net loss of ourselves to Australia plummeting from near 40,000 in mid-2012 to just 15,000 in the past year. The all-country gain for the NZ population is now 29,000 and headed toward 40,000. The implications are obvious for the pace of economic growth.


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