RBNZ: OCR more likely to be cut – ANZ

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Analysts at ANZ are expecting an OCR cut by the RBNZ, even as the central bank has adopted a cautious, neutral tone but continues to signal eventual rate hikes.

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“Market pricing will likely ebb and flow along with the data, particularly given volatility emanating from offshore at present. But ultimately, we expect that a more challenging domestic and global environment will eventually spur the RBNZ into action.”

“A lower OCR and a more cautious Fed are expected to cap long-end yields, but nonetheless we expect recent outperformance of the long end to subside somewhat. As the market prices a lower OCR, this will weigh on the NZD (along with a challenging backdrop for risk currencies). We expect NZD/USD to reach 0.61 by year end.”

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