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New RBNZ Governor announced

NZ Super Fund CEO Adrian Orr will be the new Reserve Bank Governor from 27 March 2018, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today.


Inflation problem for RBNZ

If inflation doesn’t pick up by late 2018 interest rate cuts could again be on the cards, according to the Reserve Bank.

LVR changes won’t prompt market frenzy

The Reserve Bank’s easing of the LVRs could give some upward momentum to house prices but economists are not expecting the market to take off again.

Westpac ups rental income allowance

Changes to Westpac’s qualifying income assessments mean that investors will now be able to claim 80% of their rental income as part of their income calculation.

RESIMAC turns five

Lending times have changed and, in its five years in New Zealand, RESIMAC has embraced those changes and thrived.

DTI proposal on hold

Controversial debt-to-income ratios (DTIs) have been put on the back-burner by the Reserve Bank – for the foreseeable future.

LVR easing sooner than expected

The Reserve Bank’s decision to start relaxing the LVR restrictions early next year, which was announced in today’s Financial Stability Report, has taken economists by surprise.

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  • RBNZ to ease LVR restrictions

    The Reserve Bank says it will make some slight easing of the LVR restrictions from January 1. 

  • LVR speculation rife ahead of FSR

    Expectations that the Reserve Bank might loosen the LVRs in this week’s Financial Stability Report (FSR) are running high, but economists don’t think it will happen – yet.

  • ANZ names new chief economist

    ANZ has today announced who will be its new chief economist to replace Cameron Bagrie.

  • Digital threat to mortgage advisers

    All three banks who have reported results recently have highlighted their push into digital tools to grow their businesses. This provides a threat and an opportunity to mortgage advisers. Philip Macalister explains.

  • Staunch opposition to DTI proposal

    Opposition to the inclusion of debt-to-income ratios (DTIs) in the Reserve Bank’s macro prudential tool kit is widespread, the bank’s own consultation reveals.

  • Bank credit rationing a myth: Healy

    The common refrain heard from mortgage advisers is that banks are rationing credit, making it hard to get mortgages approved. But banks deny that's happening and blame the Reserve Bank.

  • Sunny MPS surprises some

    Optimism was the order of the day today, with RBNZ releasing a Monetary Policy Statement (MPS) that was most notable for its positivity.

  • What the Governor said today

    The Reserve Bank has made its final Official Cash Rate Call for the year, here is what the bank had to say about interest rates.

  • Westpac says advisers important, but...

    Westpac CEO David McLean explains the bank's latest profit figures, why it won't do loans over 80%, the outlook for the housing market and the importance of mortgage advisers.

  • Reserve Bank changes 'not radical'

    The Government is set to introduce an employment objective for the Reserve Bank but that is unlikely to affect the future direction of interest rates.