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The Federal Reserve Bank of New Zealand will announce the latest interest rate decision on Wednesday, and the market expects to keep the OCR official cash rate unchanged at 5.50%.
At the moment, global economics are cooling, while the figures released by RBNZ are not strong enough.
Consequently, RBNZ gains space to keep interest rates unchanged and time to observe the inflation situation further.
NZ economic data displays a mixed picture, with inflation data tapering off despite resilient demand, leaving investors conflicting signals. NZ economic conditions have not weakened as badly as previously expected.
(NZ inflation rates in one year)
Although inflation has started to fall, it has remained high. The strong labor market has prompted RBNZ to postpone an expected rate cut originally scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2023 until the second quarter of 2024.
The wage growth has declined, however, stayed at an elevated level, hampering RBNZ to reach its inflation goal. NZ’s GDP growth rate is expected to pick up slightly in 2023, showing some resilience in its economy.
(NZ job vacancies decreased since July 2022）
A ‘watch, worry, and wait’ stance seems the most likely outcome of the OCR review. However, some institutions believe it is possible to see rates go up to 5.75% in the future. The divergence reflects market uncertainty toward inflation and the economic outlook.
(Institutional short positions increased on NZD/USD)
The positions held by Institutional investors last week showed bearish sentiments on NZD/USD. If RBNZ unexpectedly raises interest rates, NZ’s exchange rate will rise rapidly in the short run.
（NZD/USD weekly chart, Ultima Markets MT4）
From a technical standpoint, the NZD /USD weekly cycle has fallen into short-term weakness, and the bottom is about to look at the Fibonacci 61.8% retracement position of the upward trend since September 2022.
In conclusion, the outcome of the RBNZ’s decision hinges significantly on a blend of mixed economic data, inflation trends, and the broader economic outlook.
Investors are well-advised to keep a keen ear out for the central bank’s commentary on inflation and the overall state of the economy during the review.
Furthermore, observing the subsequent market response will provide invaluable insights into the trajectory of New Zealand’s monetary policy.
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