RBNZ Meeting: NZDUSD Continues to Strengthen
Inflation’s hot potato has led to speculation that the major Central Banks and not solely Fed might consider tapering, which is the narrative that is developing in the market recently. But as you know, in its repeated statements, the Fed said that higher inflation is temporary and any policy tightening needs review. This means, that the message conveyed clearly about its ultra-accommodative policy will continue and still maintain the current level of QE. However, a stricter policy is unlikely in the short term.
On the southwest side of the Pacific Ocean, the RBNZ will held a policy meeting today. The RBNZ maintained the currency policy at 0.25% (OCR), while the allocation for the LSAP programme (NZD 100 billion large-scale asset purchase program) and funds for the Lending Program are also maintained. It is in line with ANZ Bank’s projections in their recent statement that the RBNZ expects the RBNZ to start raising rates in August next year.
Interestingly, the RBNZ projected a policy rate of 0.25% in September 2021, up to 0.31% in June 2022 and projected to rise by 0.49% in September 2022 and 1.78% in June 2024.
In addition, the RBNZ revised its inflation forecast to 1.5% for June 2022 against the previous forecast of 1.4%. The RBNZ insists that they will maintain a loose currency policy until they are confident that the inflation target and labour sector objectives are met. Although the RBNZ was somewhat ‘adjourned’ at this meeting, they also stressed that it will take time and patience to achieve the targets set, and they are also still closely looking at the risks associated with Covid-19.
The outcome of the meeting looks reasonable if we consider that New Zealand data has been quite strong in recent times, although risks remain as price pressures escalate. Employment rose for the second straight quarter in the first three months of this year, pushing the unemployment rate lower to 4.7% and further below the pandemic peak. Upward pressure is also seen in the inflation gauge over the same period, with the headline CPI figure crawling to 1.5% y / y over the same period and to the highest since Q2 2020. Supply congestion and increased demand could push inflation above the RBNZ midpoint target. by 2.0% in the coming quarter.
New Zealand is a success story in catching up with the pandemic, with a rapid reaction to secede from the rest of the world, closing borders to protect its citizens from external transmission of the virus. With accommodative policies, Covid-19 cases have increased by 2 digits for more than a year to date. Vaccination progress and the uncertainty surrounding the new virus variant and bond sales are still weighing on business and consumption plans.
RBNZ Governor Andrian Orr in a press conference said that economic price pressures are now expected to be only temporary and the business sector is showing signs of increasing investment. He also explained that RBNZ is confident in using the rate projection (OCR) as a future guide to the market.
New Zealand Dollar
NZDUSD strengthened following a monthly policy meeting by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) this morning. NZDUSD surged today, it is now starting to test the resistant level at 0.7315, the highest level since March 2021. If these pars fail to survive, the 2021 high of 0.7465 will be the next target. MA-50 Daily is below at 0.7141. Based on current sentiment, peaceful USD weakness and positive intonation from the RBNZ, bull is expected to remain in control of the market for the short term.
In the last 30 days, the NZDUSD currency pair has been consolidating with a range around 190p (0.7114-0.7304). On Tuesday’s trading, it edged up by 1.25% at 0.7315. The USD was broadly weaker against most majors. Technically, prior the RBNZ meeting the price range was narrow, the AO signal is still positive in the buy zone with the average price moving above Kumo. Price movement above 0.7300 will have implications for price targeting 0.7463 peak formed last February, as long as this level holds the bias will return to consolidation mode and if it is strong it will break the support range 0.7114 to target 0.6942 support .
Ady Phangestu and Tunku
Market Analysts – HF Educational office – Indonesia and Malaysia
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