Economic Weekly: Back to Watch, Worry (not too much) and Wait

  • And in the blink of an eye, it is time for the RBNZ to decide this week what to do with the OCR
  • It is a decision for which both the Monetary Policy Committee and – particularly the markets – will be a lot more relaxed about
  • Events have been largely drama-free with no speculation about OCR increases (though just for some variety as we head into winter hibernation there has been some talk that the RBNZ should – not so much will – cut the OCR this week)

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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.