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Kiwi Dollar Barometer: Chinese currency popular, Trump a source of volatility

The NZD/USD is expected by businesses trading internationally to be around $0.70 in twelve months.

Donald Trump’s presidency is expected to be the main driver of FX volatility over the next 12 months.

Federal Reserve rate hike odds lift heading into month-end.

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Nick Tuffley

ASB Chief Economist

Since starting out in 1997 as an economist, it's fair to say Nick has seen a few hair-raising moments over the years, including the Asian Financial Crisis and the Global Financial Crisis.

One of Nick's strengths is his ability to communicate complex ideas in a readily understandable and entertaining way.  He thrives on helping people understand the economic environment to help enrich the quality of their business or personal life. He’s proud to lead a team that has won two Forecast Accuracy Awards from Consensus Economics, and has a strong track record with their Official Cash Rate and dairy price forecasts. 

Nick grew up in Christchurch and graduated with a Master of Commerce degree from the University of Canterbury.  He learned his economic ropes at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand before a long stint as a Senior Economist at Westpac, and joined ASB as Chief Economist in 2007.

Daniel Snowden

Economist

Daniel has the knack of turning what may appear as a block of random numbers into a story, be it trends in migration and tourism, to consumer spending patterns.  In addition to telling the story behind the numbers, Daniel has an ability to estimate what the next economic chapter may be and who stands to gain and lose from it.

He joined ASB after moving to New Zealand from London, where he spent five years analysing Latin American economies for Informa Global Markets.  Although New Zealand and South America may appear as quite different economies, there are a surprising number of similarities.  Countries such as Chile, Peru and Colombia are small, open economies with free-floating exchange rates, a strong commodity export focus and inflation-targeting central banks, while also dealing with the impact of much larger regional neighbours. 

Daniel has also worked in foreign exchange markets for a number of years, including time spent with ABN AMRO and Lloyds Bank. He is the author of a number of ASB reports, including the NZD Barometer and Markets Monthly. When he’s not working, Daniel can often be found running, cycling or swimming along the seafront, a novelty after living in London.

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