Tony Alexander

Economic Commentaries

I’ve been writing a weekly column for NZ regional newspapers since 1998. Columns produced since the start of 2011 are included on this page.

NZ Growth Prospects – London 2011

Wednesday November 2nd 2011

This is a paper prepared as a handout for talks delivered in London over October/November 2011.

Murky Waters Still Lie Ahead

Wednesday November 2nd 2011

An agreement for Europe may be in place – sort of. But global growth prospects continue to dim.

World Troubles Grow

Tuesday October 25th 2011

This week I give some thoughts on the foreign growth situation whilst delivering talks in London and travelling to Brussels to learn about Europe’s immediate growth outlook.

Currency Fluctuations

Tuesday October 18th 2011

This week we examine why the Kiwi dolar has fluctuated so much over the past few months.

Residential Real Estate Market Still Improving

Wednesday October 12th 2011

Our seventh monthly BNZ-REINZ Market Survey of over 10,000 licensed real estate agents  has found a market still improving but with a small easing in the strength of some indicators in comparison with recent months’ levels. First home buyers remain keen to buy, investors are sitting on their hands, it appears to be neither a […]

Consumers Very Cautious

Tuesday October 11th 2011

Recent growth in consumer spending has been running at the slowest pace since the turn of the year and we have evidence suggesting that the Rugby World Cup is proving a negative for many.

Confidence About The Economy Declines

Monday October 10th 2011

Our monthly BNZ Confidence Survey has found a decrease in confidence about how strong the NZ economy will be in a year’s time to just a net 6.9% positive from a net 36.3% in September. This is the first survey undertaken since the country’s credit rating cut a week and a half ago and it […]

World Growth Outlook Poor

Thursday October 6th 2011

There is still little sign that risks for the world economy are turning for the better.

World Outlook Deteriorates

Tuesday September 27th 2011

Nothing has happened over the past week to assuage our growing concerns about the world economy and time is running our for European politicians and institutions to prevent an all out collapse of investor confidence.

Things worsening overseas

Tuesday September 13th 2011

The news from offshore keeps getting worse so it is no wonder that sharemarkets have again tanked.

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