Economic Weekly: RBNZ to press on with hikes despite downward inflation surprise

  • The shock resignation of Jacinda Ardern last week, selection of Chris Hipkins as our new Prime Minister and naming of the October 14 General Election date overshadowed local economic developments
  • Ironically, however, the state of the economy will have a bearing on election outcomes. Signs to date have not been good
  • What about inflation? Wednesday’s Q4 CPI print should come in below RBNZ projections (7.5% yoy), but we expect future annual inflation rates to only gradually slow

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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.