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Financial education in schools to get a boost following extension of Kiwibank partnership with Banqer
FMA opens consultation on fair outcomes for consumers and markets
Building a balance sheet to support financial stability
RBNZ announces key decisions on review of policy for branches of overseas banks
Financial system still adjusting to higher interest rates
FMA reinforces importance of cyber-resilience for financial service providers
New Zealand's financial system resilience compares well with advanced economies'
Advanced economies’ financial systems have been largely resilient to risks arising from higher interest rates so far.
Farmers facing heightened challenges
The agricultural sector is facing difficult economic conditions, because of low dairy, meat and forestry prices, high operating expenses and increased debt servicing costs.
New Zealand's Surplus Target Implies More Fiscal Consolidation
Westpac NZ's venture capital arm leads $1.4m investment round into Akahu
ASB Canstar's Bank of the Year for Digital Banking for the second year running
RBNZ releases Annual Report 2023
FMA consults on proposed liquidity risk management guidance
Official Cash Rate remains at 5.50%
New Zealand and UK audit authorities agree mutual recognition of audit qualifications
Westpac NZ supports savings customers with 6% term deposit
“We're here to support our customers with money conversations and encourage them to contact us if they need help with any aspect of their finances.”
KiwiSaver holds firm through volatility and reaches $94BN in March 2023
Supporting customers in financial difficulty
Liquidity: one word, three meanings
There are at least 3 types of liquidity and we at Te Pūtea Matua have an interest in all of them, Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Assistant Governor Karen Silk said.
ANZ encourages customers to spring clean their data and take control of their digital footprint
ANZ is encouraging customers to add a “digital spring clean” to their to-do list this September to minimise their online data and digital footprint.
Towards good governance in the financial system
In a speech published to the Institute of Directors, Mr Hawkesby says effective board governance for banks, insurers and other financial services providers is critical to the financial soundness of New Zealand's financial institutions and financial system.
RBNZ and FMA Governance Thematic Review outlines good practices and areas for improvement
There is real value in maintaining an open and collaborative approach to support continuous improvement
Connected Exposures policy finalised
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Te Pūtea Matua has completed a review of its Connected Exposures policy, which included two rounds of public consultation. The finalised policy has now been published and is expected to come into effect on 1 October 2023.
RBNZ's Relationship Charter shows continued growth in regulatory relationships
Findings from the latest Reserve Bank of New Zealand - Te Pūtea Matua Relationship Charter survey show significant improvements among insurer stakeholders in their ratings of the relationship with RBNZ.
Speech by Paul Gregory at the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) Conference Aotearoa NZ 2023
In investment we're familiar with the harm from poor returns, poor risk management and poor value for money over an investment horizon.
What drives rents in New Zealand?
The share of New Zealand households who pay rent has increased significantly during the past 3 decades, rising from about 23% in 1991 to 32% in 2018.
Kiwi Group Capital invests $225 million into Kiwibank to accelerate growth
Kiwi Group Capital (KGC) announced that it has invested $225 million into its wholly owned subsidiary, Kiwibank, to further accelerate the growth of the largest New Zealand-owned bank.
Financial Market Infrastructures Standards issued
FMIs play a critical role in New Zealand financial system.
CoFI licensing begins
Monetary Policy announcement and Financial Stability Report dates for early 2025
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand - Te Pūtea Matua has released the dates for publication of its quarterly Monetary Policy Statement (MPS), Monetary Policy Review (MPR) decisions and the 6-monthly Financial Stability Report (FSR).
FMA publishes scenario analysis information sheet for Climate Related Disclosures regime
The CRD regime will capture around 200 entities.
FMA releases standard condition for consultation to improve operational and cyber resilience
The FMA wants to ensure that market service providers are prepared to respond to business continuity and cyber risks.
Mutual Capital Instrument rules near completion
The development of a framework for capital instruments for mutual banks is nearing completion, following further consultation with affected entities.
Analytical Note finds Monetary Policy Statements text meets policy aims
An Analytical Note released by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Te Pūtea Matua has found that Monetary Policy Statements are written in a way that matches the aims of monetary policy.
FMA publishes updated and refreshed Auditor and Regulation Oversight Plan 2023-2026
The FMA will ensure its key stakeholders
Great expectations: using survey inflation expectations to improve inflation forecasts
Inflation expectations are essential for effective monetary policy because expectations affect current pricing behaviour, according to an Analytical Note released today by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
FMA publishes final guidance for the intermediated distribution of financial products
CoFI will introduce a new conduct regime to ensure financial institutions (banks, insurers and non-bank deposit takers) comply with a fair conduct principle to treat consumers fairly, and establish, implement and maintain a fair conduct programme.
Reserve Bank considers eligibility changes for its settlement accounts
We are consulting on a new risk assessment framework proposed to evaluate applications to bank with us directly.
Opinion: Climate reality and the role of finance in accelerating the transition of the NZ economy
Rising interest rates and persistent inflation were defining economic themes in 2022. The economic impacts are universal and, worryingly, also have implications in the world of investment for climate change mitigation.
Further decisions on bank risk weights released
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has released its finalised risk weighting decisions following consultation with industry stakeholders.
BNZ welcomes move to 7-day payments
From 27 May, BNZ customers will be able to send and receive local payments seven days a week, including public holidays.
Why greenwashing is a problem for investors: FMA
Managed fund sector's approach to disclosure is 'immature', executive says.
LVR restriction easing confirmed
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Te Pūtea Matua has confirmed its proposal to ease mortgage loan-to-value ratio (LVR) restrictions.
Understanding the new climate-related disclosures regime
The FMA is taking a broadly educative and constructive approach to the new regime, issuing high level guidance on compliance expectations, then moving to a proactive regulatory role as the regime becomes more established.
Official Cash Rate (OCR) set to remain restrictive
The Monetary Policy Committee today voted to raise the Official Cash Rate (OCR) from 5.25% to 5.50%.
Money Sweetspot nears $3 million in support, helping hundreds of New Zealanders kick unmanageable debt
Money Sweetspot takes a people-first approach to debt consolidation
Financial Stability Report May 2023
Financial system well positioned to support the economy.
FMA censures Aurora Financial Group Limited for misleading clients
HY23 Result: BNZ demonstrates its commitment to customers in a turbulent 2023
Financial strain on households and businesses
Interest rate risk management in the New Zealand banking system
FMA letter to NZ registered banks: Treating consumers fairly – creating the right incentives
Reporting entities reminded of AML CFT obligations following ANZ investigation
Reserve Bank proposes to ease LVR restrictions
Fitch Affirms Bank of New Zealand at 'A+'; Outlook Stable
RBNZ: Annualized Q1 Sectoral Factor Model Inflation softens to 5.7%
Demand for better housing one factor in creating unsustainable house prices — Discussion Paper
Increase in scams observed as tax time approaches
Official Cash Rate increased to 5.25 percent
Peer-to-peer and crowdfunding: sector snapshot
Here's why complaints are really 'moments of truth'
Reserve Bank releases Debt-to-Income framework
Inflation still public enemy number one – Kiwibank
Bank flooding risk assessment builds capability and highlights climate data gaps
Statement from Deputy Governor Christian Hawkesby regarding bank financial strength
FMA appoints three new Directors within regulatory leadership team
Financial advice regulatory regime - now in full effect
RBNZ defends rate hikes
FMA appoints Daniel Trinder to new executive leadership team
We need a proper Commerce Commission inquiry into bank profits
New Zealand Dollar Takes the Lead on Chinese Data Resurgence & RBNZ Expectations
Kiwibank donates $300,000 to help charities working on cyclone relief
Forex trading in New Zealand: an overview of regulations and requirements
Reserve Bank increases the Official Cash Rate
The FMA opens consultation on draft guidance for the intermediated distribution of financial products
Liquidity Policy Review seeks feedback on significant policy issues
KiwiSaver Statements survey 2022
Is the RBNZ done with outsized rate hikes?
FMA appoints executive director, transformation and operational delivery
Money creation in New Zealand — Bulletin article
FMA publishes 2022 annual report
New Foreign Reserves Framework agreed by RBNZ and Minister of Finance
Cigna to pay $3.5 million penalty for making false and misleading representations about customers’ insurance premiums and cover
Regulator nears final stretch of comprehensive IPSA review
Government banking should be done with Kiwibank
‘Riots’ in the UK, ‘carnage’ in Australia… so why aren’t Kiwis seeing red?
Open banking is coming to New Zealand – here’s what we can learn from countries already doing it
2022 in review: 'Crypto winter' rocks market
Monetary Policy Announcement and Financial Stability Report dates for 2023/24
FMA files market manipulation case against Kok Ding Cheng for trading of Rua shares
Decision on mortgage bond standards
The Reserve Bank has decided not to introduce new mortgage bond standards through Residential Mortgage Obligations (RMO)
FMA Progressing CoFI Implementation With Publication Of Licensing Materials
The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) - Te Mana Tātai Hokohoko is continuing to progress preparations for the Financial Markets (Conduct of Institutions) Amendment Act 2022 (CoFI), with the release of a suite of materials for banks, insurers and non-bank deposit takers (NBDTs).
Higher interest rates necessary
The Monetary Policy Committee today increased the Official Cash Rate (OCR) from 3.5 percent to 4.25 percent.
FMA finds continuing improvements to audit quality
The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) - Te Mana Tātai Hokohoko has found audit firms have improved their record keeping in relation to accounting estimates and how they are being sceptical of entities’ financial statements.
Global financial stress will test resilience
The rising global interest rates necessary to curb inflation will test New Zealand’s financial resilience, Governor Adrian Orr says in releasing the November 2022 Financial Stability Report.
Spotlight on: Wholesale investing
If you’ve spent much time on social media over the past year, you might have seen advertising for investment offers - often property developments - that say they’re open to “wholesale investors” only.
Testing our resilience
A speech delivered by Governor Adrian Orr at INFINZ Conference 2022.
FMA files proceedings against Vero for allegedly misleading customers about multi-policy discounts
The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) - Te Mana Tātai Hokohoko has filed High Court proceedings against Vero Insurance New Zealand Limited for failing to apply multi-policy discounts, which led to affected customers being overcharged approximately $8.7 million in premiums.
Continued monetary tightening
The Monetary Policy Committee today increased the Official Cash Rate (OCR) to 3.5% from 3.0%.
RBNZ and FMA seeking feedback on draft FMI Standards
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Te Pūtea Matua (RBNZ) and the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) – Te Mana Tātai Hokohoko are inviting feedback on the exposure drafts of standards for financial market infrastructures (FMIs). The Financial Market Infrastructures Act 2021 (the FMI Act) establishes the RBNZ and the FMA as the joint regulator of designated FMIs.
Spotlight on: Stock lending
With the rise of retail share trading and easy to use online investment platforms, some features of share ownership previously only available to merchant banks and brokers are now being offered to everyday, smaller-scale investors.
It's the OCR that matters for inflation targeting
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Te Pūtea Matua – is well placed to manage the wind-down of additional monetary policy (AMP) tools, Assistant Governor Karen Silk says in a speech today to the KangaNews New Zealand Debt Capital Markets Summit 2022.
FMA reveals annual corporate plan
The Financial Markets Authority has released its annual corporate plan 2022/23 by signalling a period of change for both the financial services industry and the regulator itself.
First Privacy Act compliance notice successfully closed
The Privacy Commissioner has today announced the closure of its first compliance notice, issued to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Te Pūtea Matua in September 2021.
Derek Grantham speaking at the Mortgage Link & Insurance Link Conference
Making a difference in the new era of financial advice.
Feedback sought on policy for branches of overseas banks
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Te Pūtea Matua is inviting feedback on the second and final consultation on the review of its policy for branches of overseas banks.
Banks and insurers have work cut out with CoFI
It is the job of financial institutions to manage financial risks and provide suitable products and services to customers. Most are good at this and recognise that balancing broad stakeholder interests is important to remain sustainable and for our financial system to function properly.
RBNZ Deputy Governor Hawkesby open to cash rate above 4% to tame inflation
New Zealand's central bank is open to the possibility of raising its benchmark rate as high as 4.25% amid uncertainty over the amount of tightening needed to regain control of inflation.
The RBNZ's monetary policy tools
To achieve our monetary policy goals – maintaining low and stable consumer price inflation while contributing to maximum sustainable employment – we set and influence the level of NZ dollar interest rates in an effort to balance aggregate spending and investment activity (demand) with the supply of goods and services in the economy.
New Zealand central bank hikes rates, signals aggressive stance
Reserve Bank of New Zealand unveils seventh straight hike, lifting benchmark rate to 3 percent.
FMA review of ethical investing claims in managed funds
The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) – Te Mana Tātai Hokohoko has completed a review of 14 KiwiSaver and other managed funds to establish how well they are applying the FMA’s integrated financial product (IFP) guidance.
Reserve Bank of New Zealand：Monetary Policy review in July
A report released today, How Central Bank Mistakes after 2019 led to Inflation, has been received by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Te Pūtea Matua and will be considered as part of our public Monetary Policy Remit review process underway.
Rob Everett Speaking at the Financial Services Council Breakfast
The Reserve Bank's balance sheet set to expand further in response to COVID-19
FMA Releases Report into Active and Passive Fund Management
Sector Lending (Registered Banks and Non-Bank Lending Institutions) - C5
Same Objectives, Different Challenges