Investors nerves on edge as US election approaches

BNZ Private Bank Analyst, Katie Thompson, gives us an overview of the current state of play and what you can expect to see in financial markets in the lead up to the US election day.

The US presidential election will take place in just over four weeks, on 8 November 2016. The thought of Republican candidate, Donald Trump, becoming the president of the world’s largest economy is making investors nervous, and setting the stage for more market volatility, given his unconventional views and lack of clear policy direction. Continue reading…

The tricky truth behind our falling homeownership rate

BNZ’s Chief Economist Tony Alexander reflects on trends in Auckland’s housing market.

Much has been made of data released in recent years showing a downward trend in the rate of home ownership in New Zealand from an estimated 74% in 1991 to an estimated 65% in 2013. There are many problems with the calculation including a lack of knowledge of who owns about 20% of the country’s housing stock and houses moving into family trusts. Continue reading…