Current Account in New Zealand
New Zealand - Current AccountThe economy seems to have remained on an even keel following the first quarter’s relatively soft outturn, when a cooling services sector offset solid expansions across the manufacturing and construction sectors. On the one hand, unemployment fell to a 11-year low in Q2, while average consumer confidence was slightly more upbeat and the kiwi was relatively strong in the same period. This suggests consumer demand was healthy in Q2, further reflected by robust electronic card transactions growth in the quarter. On the other hand, downbeat business sentiment, which remained deeply entrenched in pessimistic territory in Q2, boded ill for investment activity growth, while merchandise export growth slowed amid ongoing global trade spats. Turning to the second half of the year, the Central Bank’s aggressive rate cut in August should bolster growth ahead.
New Zealand - Current Account Data
|Current Account (% of GDP)||-3.2||-3.1||-3.0||-2.2||-2.9|
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New Zealand Current Account Chart
Source: Statistics New Zealand and FocusEconomics calculations.
New Zealand Facts
|Bond Yield||1.06||1.20 %||Sep 04|
|Exchange Rate||0.64||-1.69 %||Sep 04|
|Stock Market||4,778||0.11 %||Sep 04|
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September 2, 2019
The ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence indicator rose to 118.2 in August (July: 116.4), moving further above from the 100-point threshold that separates optimism from pessimism among consumers. Consumers had better assessments about their current financial situation compared to one year ago, and they also grew more optimistic about their future personal finances .
August 29, 2019
The ANZ bank business outlook indicator fell by 8.0 points in August, with a net 52.3% of firms reporting that they expect general business conditions to deteriorate this year.
August 7, 2019
On 7 August, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) surprised market analysts by slashing the official cash rate (OCR) by 50 basis points to an all-time low of 1.00%.
August 6, 2019
The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.9% in Q2, down from 4.2% in Q1.
August 2, 2019
The ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence indicator dropped to 116.4 in July (June: 122.6), moving closer to the 100-point threshold that separates optimism from pessimism among consumers. Consumers were less optimistic about their current financial situation, and they also grew less confident about their future financial conditions.