Economic Weekly: Timing the Trans-Tasman tweaks

  • The RBNZ kept the OCR unchanged last week as we expected; the expectation remains that the central bank cuts later this year.
  • This week, the Q3 Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion provides us with a quality steer on current economic activity and will help us fine-tune the risks around our OCR view.
  • And across the Tasman, the RBA is odds on to cut its interest rate to 0.75% tomorrow.

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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.