New Zealand Dollar softens as high inflation numbers fail to strengthen the currency

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The main event of the week for the New Zealand Dollar was Wednesday nights inflation figures which were released late into the night UK time. The rate of inflation has jumped quite substantially from 0.1% to 0.5% over the past quarter, which is a positive sign moving forward if the Reserve Bank of New Zealand is to begin hiking interest rates.

Over the past few years the New Zealand Dollar has benefited from having one of the highest interest rates within the developed world, and that helped the currency strengthen as investors were keen to hold funds within the currency to enjoy the benefits of the high interest rates.

A concern for those that want a stronger Kiwi though is now other developed nations are beginning to raise interest makes making the NZD less attractive. The US Dollar is considered a safe haven currency so if investors can get the same rate of interest in Dollars as Kiwi Dollars, they’re likely to move their funds into that currency so I think we’re likely to see the NZD weaken as the year progresses.

Perhaps the most important release next week is on Wednesday when Trade Balance figures along with Import and Export data is set for release. If you have an upcoming currency requirement you have plenty of time to get in touch to discuss your plans and plan around this event.

If you have a large currency exchange to carry out in the coming days, weeks or months then you are more than welcome to speak with me directly as I will be more than happy to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the top market rate when you do come to buy your currency. A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a huge difference so for the sake of taking two minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Joseph Wright) on [email protected] and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.