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New Zealand Fights Pricing Increases



The benchmark interest rate was hiked by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) by 0.75 percentage points, bringing it up to 4.25 percent. This was the most significant increase to occur since the rate, which is sometimes referred to as the official cash rate, was first implemented in 1999.

This comes after the annual inflation rate for the country stood at 7.2% in the country’s most recent three-month period, which ended at the end of September. As the global economy recovers from the pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine drives up the price of fuel and food, New Zealand’s standard of living has skyrocketed, just as it has in a significant portion of the rest of the world.

The new projections provided by the RBNZ indicated that the economy of the country will enter a recession in September of the following year. When an economy experiences two consecutive episodes of contraction over the course of three months, this is typically considered to be a recession.

According to a statement released by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ), “An economic contraction is likely since the New Zealand economy is starting from a position of very high inflation and acute labor shortages.”

“If interest rates were kept low for an extended length of time in order to avert an economic downturn, this would likely result in higher prices for goods and services for a longer period of time. In turn, this would likely result in higher interest rates and a larger recession being required eventually in order to return inflation and employment back to a more sustainable path. This would be the case because of the chain reaction that would be caused by the previous sentence “it added. “Hope is not a viable business approach. The Monetary Policy Committee of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand is aware of this, and they should be commended for meeting the issues head-on. They are willing to adjust their viewpoint whenever the circumstances warrant it. However, as of right now, the fact of the matter is that high inflation appears to be becoming more ingrained, and hedging one’s bets will simply make the problem worse “According to a note that ANZ Research sent out to investors.

Grant Robertson, the Finance Minister of New Zealand, stated on Wednesday, in the course of a parliamentary session, that the year 2023 will be a “year of reckoning” for the global economy. Mr. Robertson continued by saying that countries will either be in recession or have the perception that they are. Following the release of the RBNZ interest rate announcement, the New Zealand currency reached its highest level against the US dollar in three months before beginning to retreat slightly.


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