So much for being nicknamed after a flightless bird! Here are four reasons why the New Zealand dollar or the Kiwi could fly soon.
1. Finance Minister English’s exchange rate comments
In a recent interview with Bloomberg TV, New Zealand Finance Minister Bill English remarked that NZD/USD is trading at sustainable levels, which is around the “mid-to-high 70s.” He added that the recent Kiwi depreciation has been positive for exporters, boosting their productivity and competitiveness.
“We’re pretty comfortable with the kind of adjustment we’ve seen,” English mentioned, which was enough to convince most forex traders that another secret RBNZ currency intervention is no longer likely.
2. Positive inflation expectations
Finance Minister English also pointed out that inflationary pressures might pick up, as wage growth could be seen later on. However, he cautioned that it would take some time before overall consumer prices increase, as annual CPI is currently at 1%.
“It could be it’s just going to take a while to show up or it could be that the global deflationary pressures are keeping our inflation rate down,” he noted, citing the potential drag from months of falling producer prices in China.
3. Recent pickup in economic data
The latest set of reports from New Zealand has been pretty impressive, as quarterly retail sales and employment figures have exceeded expectations. Headline retail sales jumped by 1.5% versus the estimated 0.8% uptick in Q3 while core retail sales showed a 1.4% gain, higher than the projected 1.0% increase.
The country’s jobless rate has improved from 5.6% to 5.4% in the same period, better than the estimated 5.5% reading. This was spurred by a 0.8% rise in hiring for Q3 and an upward revision from 0.4% to 0.5% in the Q2 employment change figure.
4. Reversal pattern on NZD/USD’s daily chart
Last but most definitely not least… Check out this neat double bottom formation on NZD/USD’s daily forex time frame!
The pair seems to have bottomed out right around the previous year lows and may be showing more bullish momentum, as price gears up to break past the neckline around .8000. Gains past this resistance level could spur a 300-pip climb, which is the same height as the reversal chart pattern.
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