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The Reserve Bank Governor’s “Incredibly Informative” Monetary Policy Statement: A Deep Dive
Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr has been urging Kiwis to read the bank’s Monetary Policy Statement (MPS), calling it an “incredibly informative” document. But is it? As I delved into the MPS, I couldn’t help but feel confused and frustrated by the bureaucratic jargon and meaningless sentences. So I break down the MPS in this article and try to understand it all.
Orr’s recent comments about the Budget being contractionary rather than inflationary may relieve some Kiwis worried about rising prices and interest rates. He also expressed confidence that the Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee is on top of the inflation issue and that monetary conditions are slowing spending and taking the pressure out of inflation. This led to a 0.25% increase in the Official Cash Rate (OCR), which Orr suggests may stay where it is for some time.
However, to truly understand the Reserve Bank’s policy decisions, Orr recommends reading the MPS on their website for interested non-experts. The document, which features a serene cover image of native flora and fauna, is undoubtedly not accessible reading material. For example, the first sentence, “The Monetary Policy Committee’s (MPC’s) monetary policy strategy is its overarching plan for how it will formulate a monetary policy under different circumstances to achieve its objectives,” is hardly welcoming or informative.
But as I read further, I did find some helpful information buried beneath the bureaucratic language. For example, the MPS outlines the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy objectives, which include maintaining price stability and supporting maximum sustainable employment. It also provides an economic outlook detailing GDP growth, inflation, and international trade.
– Governor Orr suggests the OCR has peaked, which may change depending on economic conditions.
– The MPS is a dense and challenging document but contains valuable information on the Reserve Bank’s objectives and economic outlook.
– The Reserve Bank’s monetary policy decisions aim to maintain price stability and support employment.
– The OCR is the interest rate at which banks can borrow or lend money to the Reserve Bank.
– Inflation is the rate at which prices for goods and services increase over time, leading to a decrease in the purchasing power of money.
– The Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee comprises six members appointed by the Governor and meets regularly to set monetary policy.
Reading the Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Statement is not for the faint of heart. However, it does provide insight into the Reserve Bank’s objectives and economic outlook, which can help understand monetary policy decisions such as the recent OCR increase. So while the language may be challenging, it is worth taking Orr’s advice and “drinking from the water” of the MPS to understand better the Reserve Bank’s role in New Zealand’s economy.