Tony Alexander

Economic Commentaries

Weekly Overview Sept. 12

Thursday September 12th 2013

The Reserve Bank did as everyone expected and left their cash rate unchanged at 2.5% this morning. But they were a bit more hawkish in their comments than expected. This simply feeds into the warning we are giving that floating interest rates will be rising this year. As regards where they peak and when – that is impossible to reasonably predict yet given uncertainties surrounding economic growth, inflationary pressures, and exchange rate movements here and overseas. But borrowers should be very careful about thinking floating through the entire interest rates cycle is a good idea. History shows NZ interest rates tend to peak higher and spend more time going up than generally forecast at the start of the rates cycle.

The Reserve Bank did as everyone expected and left their cash rate unchanged at 2.5% this morning. But they were a bit more hawkish in their comments than expected. This simply feeds into the warning we are giving that floating interest rates will be rising this year. As regards where they peak and when – that is impossible to reasonably predict yet given uncertainties surrounding economic growth, inflationary pressures, and exchange rate movements here and overseas. But borrowers should be very careful about thinking floating through the entire interest rates cycle is a good idea. History shows NZ interest rates tend to peak higher and spend more time going up than generally forecast at the start of the rates cycle.