Economic Weekly: How Lowe can he go?

  • The Reserve Bank of Australia makes its interest rate announcement today, with a 25bp cut widely expected.
  • It’s also a busy week this side of the Tasman, with the dairy auction tonight, May house prices (due Thursday) and Q1 Building Work Put in Place (due on Friday).
  • Offshore is equally busy with key releases being the Federal Reserve Beige Book (early Thursday morning), the ECB interest rate announcement (Thursday), and US Non-farm Payrolls (due overnight Friday).

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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.