BofA and MUFG on the New Zealand dollar

BofA and MUFG on the New Zealand dollar

Bank of America Global Research discusses its expectations for this week's RBZN policy meeting.

"The RBNZ should deliver a 25bp hike this week (in line with market expectations) to address price and financial stability concerns. However, the NZ rates market expects additional policy tightening to be front-loaded over the next 12months and for policy settings to move close to neutral," BofA notes.

"Risk is now skewed towards the RBNZ disappointing hawkish market expectations due to slower growth and tighter financial conditions, which could lead to some front-end outperformance relative to AUD rates and avert pressure for AUDNZD to threaten an unwelcome move through parity," BofA adds.

MUFG Research has a similar take.

"The RBNZ is scheduled to meet this week when it is expected to finally begin tightening monetary policy by raising rates. According to Bloomberg, 20 out of 21 economists surveyed expect the RBNZ to hike rates by 0.25 point this week to 0.50%. The extension of the COVID lockdowns in New Zealand over the week end is not expected to derail the RBNZ's plans again to begin hiking rates," MUFG notes.

"The New Zealand rate market is already pricing in at least one more hike by the end of this year with the policy rate rising towards 1.00% over the next 6 months. It highlights that RBNZ tightening is already well anticipated limiting further support for a stronger kiwi from higher New Zealand rates. Risks appear more skewed to the downside in the near-term given building risks posed by the global slowdown," MUFG adds.

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