Daily Alert: Here we go again, with RBNZ now expected to hold OCR at 0.25% today

  • Yesterday afternoon a community case of COVID-19 was discovered in Auckland; the NZ Government moved swiftly, announcing that from 11.59pm last night NZ would move to Alert Level 4 for at least the next 3 days, with Auckland and the Coromandel to be at Level 4 for at least 7 days.
  • The lockdown has increased the option value of waiting and ASB now expects the RBNZ to hold the OCR at 0.25% today.
  • Meanwhile, prices from the GDT auction rose 0.3%, but whole milk powder prices fell 1.5% to USD3,552 per metric tonne and we have retained our $7.90 kgMS Fonterra milk price forecast for the 2022 season.

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Mark Smith

Senior Economist

Mark joined ASB in 2017, with over 20 years of public and private sector experience working as an economist in New Zealand and the UK.

His resume includes lengthy stints at ANZ and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and he has also worked at the Bank of England, HM Treasury and the New Zealand Transport Agency. Mark's areas of specialisation include interest rate strategy, macro-economic analysis and urban economics.

Born and bred in the Waikato, Mark studied at Waikato University where he graduated with a Master of Social Sciences, majoring in Economics.

Mark's key strengths are the ability to use his extensive experience, inquisitive nature, analytical ability, creativity and pragmatism to dig a little deeper and to deliver common sense solutions to tackle complex problems.

When not at work Mark likes to travel, keep fit and spend time with his friends and family.

Chris Tennent-Brown

ASB Wealth Senior Economist

Chris has worked as an economist for ASB and Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Sydney since 2005. His work has involved monitoring and forecasting trends in the New Zealand economy, with a focus on drawing implications for financial markets and investments. Chris is passionate about savings issues, and much of his current work is focussed on broadening peoples understanding of investments. Chris obtained a Bachelor of Commerce at Auckland University, majoring in Economics, and prior to joining ASB worked in the funds management industry for Bankers Trust and BT Funds Management. With over 20 years' experience in finance, Chris has also spent several years farming, and was a New Zealand representative cyclist. When not at work, Chris likes to travel, cycle, and spend time with his family and numerous pets.

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