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.

What’s New

Sporadic 13 March 2018

Tuesday March 13th 2018

The NZ economy has grown strongly these past four years and factors supporting further strong, though slightly slower, growth are numerous. What could go wrong? In this issue of Sporadic we look at some of the blind spots which businesses might have in an economy increasingly constrained by lack of resources rather than customers.

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Sporadic 21 February 2018

Wednesday February 21st 2018

In this issue I take a look at Bitcoin and the block chain, the long-term trend for the NZ dollar, and interest rate prospects.

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Sporadic 7 February 2018

Wednesday February 7th 2018

New Zealand’s labour market is very tight. Wages growth remains muted but badly needs to accelerate so businesses without pricing power will close down and people can move to positions where their output will be worth more, economic growth can accelerate, and average incomes can rise – especially through the all-important cross-pollination of ideas and processes central to much business growth these days.

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Sporadic 25 January 2018

Thursday January 25th 2018

Having decided to cease publishing the Weekly Overview we have returned to producing Sporadic. This well received publication last appeared in 2015 and looks at specific issues in the economic sphere with no set timetable for release. It appears sporadically! This issue looks at key factors driving the NZ housing market.

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Weekly Overview 7 December 2017

Thursday December 7th 2017

This is the last Weekly Overview for 2017 and it contains a quick review of some of the recent data and a warning to keep an eye on the drought spreading around the country. Merry Christmas.

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