Economic Weekly: Flat NZ inflation in focus

Last week was busy on the international front with a failed Brexit vote and confidence vote in the UK government, ongoing trade negotiations between the US and China and the now-record long US Government shutdown continuing.

This week promises to be just as eventful with a host of major data releases including Q4 Chinese GDP, NZ Q4 CPI and Australian employment data.  

We take a closer look at our expectations for Q4 CPI as well as recap on last week’s NZIER QSBO release. 

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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.