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Trading the News: Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) Interest Rate Decision

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s (RBNZ) first meeting for 2019 may do little to curb the recent weakness in NZD/USD as the central bank is widely expected to keep the official cash rate (OCR) at the record-low of 1.75%.

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Like the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), the RBNZ may show a greater willingness to further support the economy amid the weakening outlook for the Asia/Pacific region, and the central bank may continue to tame bets for higher interest rates as ‘business surveys continue to suggest growth will be soft in the near term..

As a result, dovish comments from Governor Adrian Orris likely to produce a bearish reaction in NZD/USD, but a sudden shift in the forward-guidance may heighten the appeal of the New Zealand dollar as market participants boost bets for an imminent RBNZ rate-hike. Sign up and join DailyFX Currency Analyst David Song LIVE for an opportunity to discuss potential trade setups.

Impact that the RBNZ rate decision has had on NZD/USD during the last meeting


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November 2018 Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) Interest Rate Decision

NZD/USD 15-Minute Chart

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The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) stuck to the sidelines at its last meeting for 2018, with the central bank keeping the official cash rate (OCR) at the record-low of 1.75%. The fresh remarks suggest the RBNZ will continue to endorse a wait-and-see approach in 2019 as Governor Orr & Co. pledges to ‘keep the OCR at an expansionary level for a considerable period.’

The initial spike in NZD/USD was short-lived, with the New Zealand dollar grinding lower throughout the day to close at 0.6754. Learn more with the DailyFX Advanced Guide for Trading the News.

NZD/USD Daily Chart

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  • The advance from the 2019-low (0.6586) appears to be unraveling following failed attempt to break/close above the 0.6930 (23.6% expansion) to 0.6960 (38.2% retracement) region as both price and the Relative Strength Index (RSI) threaten the bullish formations carried over from the previous year.
  • Need a break/close below the 0.6710 (61.8% expansion) to 0.6720 (61.8% expansion) area to open up the Fibonacci overlap around 0.6600 (23.6% retracement) to 0.6630 (78.6% expansion), with the next downside region of interest coming in around 0.6520 (100% expansion).

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--- Written by David Song, Currency Analyst

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