New Zealand Dollar Slides as RBNZ Hikes by 25 Basis Points, But Sees Peak in Rates

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NZD/USD, New Zealand Dollar, US Dollar – Outlook:

  • NZD tumbled after RBNZ hiked charges as anticipated.
  • RBNZ signalled it might be finished with tightening.
  • What does it imply for NZD/USD?

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The New Zealand greenback tumbled after the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) raised its benchmark price by 25 foundation factors, consistent with expectations, however signalled it might be finished with tightening.

The New Zealand central financial institution was extensively anticipated to hike the money price by 25 foundation factors to five.5%, albeit a smaller hike than the 50 bps transfer in April on persistent worth pressures. The tempo of the tightening has slowed because the earlier hikes spill over on to the financial system – macro information has underwhelmed in latest months and consensus NZ financial development expectations for this yr have been downgraded sharply since April.

NZD/USD 5-minute Chart

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Some out there had anticipated charges to peak at 5.75% within the cycle as inflation has moderated from a three-decade excessive of seven.3% to six.7% however remains to be means above RBNZ’s 1%-3% goal band simply because the job market, together with wage development, stays robust.However, RBNZ’s acknowledgement that charges are at peak has weighed on NZD.

Meanwhile, threat sentiment has taken a again seat given restricted progress in Washington to boost the US authorities’s debt ceiling, and the scaling again in expectations of a Fed price minimize this yr after hawkish remarks from a number of Fed officers. Money markets count on the Fed to maintain charges on maintain at its subsequent assembly in June however have pushed again price the primary price minimize to the top of the yr from mid-2023.

NZD/USD Daily Chart


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The risk-sensitive NZD/USD has pulled again in consequence inside its well-established vary since March, pushing again bullish prospects highlighted within the earlier replace. See “Is the New Zealand Dollar Turning Corners? Price Setup in NZD/USD, AUD/NZD, GBP/NZD”, revealed May 12. Any break under the essential help on the March low of 0.6085 would negate the optimistic outlook.

On technical charts, NZD/USD has been boxed in a 0.6085-0.6385 vary since early March. Any breakout from the vary might open the door for a 300-pip transfer – the worth goal based mostly on the width of the sample.

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