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ForexLive Asia-Pacific FX news wrap: RBNZ leans more dovish, NZD drops

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two items of most interest during the session here were the inflation
data from China and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand monetary policy
Review for July.

RBNZ dropped a dovish bombshell. I explained it at the time (see bullets above):


From the RBNZ statement:

expecting headline inflation to return to within the 1 to 3 percent
target range in the second half of this year

that’s the case why wouldn’t we expect a rate cut soon? I think the
RBNZ agree, judging by this:

Committee agreed that monetary policy will need to remain
restrictive. The extent of this restraint will be tempered over time
consistent with the expected decline in inflation pressures.

TL;DR version of all this is ‘if inflation goes down, rates go down’.


interest rate and FX market agreed. NZD/USD dropped away after the
statement and rates markets moved to price in nearer-term rate cuts.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand next meet in August (14th), markets
are close to pricing in a 40% chance of a 25bp rate cut at that
meeting. There is CPI data due from New Zealand next week – this will be a critical data point for the RBNZ in timing a rate cut.

China we had June inflation data. Headline CPI came in at 0.2% y/y
vs. the 0.4% expected and 0.3% in May. While it appears China is in
danger of flirting with a deflationary CPI again the core rate
offered some sign that’s not the case. Core came in at 0.6% y/y,
unchanged from May. The PPI, of course, remained in deflation. The
disappointment on the CPI has reignited calls for People’s Bank of
China easing. The yuan weakened on the session. USD/CNY hit its
highest (weakest for CNY) since November 14 last year.

inflation data
showed an acceleration
June. The
PPI (aka the corporate
goods price index (CGPI)) rose 2.9% y/y. The
yen-based import price index increased 9.5% y/y
in June, from 7.1% in May, a sign of how much impact the weak JPY is
the price firms
charge each other for imported raw material.

fell on the day, as did the yuan and yen.

This article was written by Eamonn Sheridan at www.forexlive.com.

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