NZGBS: Firmer Post-CPI, Although Curve Steepens As Day Wears On
Q4 CPI (in both headline and the underlying non-tradables form) undershot RBNZ expectations, allowing NZGBs to add to the early richening that was derived from moves in wider core global FI markets. The RBNZ’s own sectoral factor model inflation print ticked higher.
- All 3 of the Y/Y metrics outlined above remain comfortably above the RBNZ’s inflation target.
- Firmer than expected Australian inflation crossed in the time between the domestic inflation prints, which introduced some trans-Tasman impetus and meant that it wasn’t a one-way session, with a steepening bias developing on the curve.
- The major cash NZGB benchmarks finished. Little changed to 7bp richer, with the longer end finishing over 10bp off richest levels.
- Swap rates were 2-13bp lower, also steepening, with 2-Year swap rates hovering just above YtD lows.
- RBNZ dated OIS initially shifted lower on NZ CPI data, before pulling off session lows in the wake of the Australian data (see the chart below for the intraday change observed on the strip).
- When it comes to the “Big 4,” ANZ & Westpac now look for a 50bp OCR hike next month (from 75bp prev.), while ASB & BNZ still look for a 75bp step (they acknowledge the chance of a 50bp move). The OIS strip prices in 60bp of tightening for next month’s meeting.
- Looking ahead, tomorrow’s local docket is headlined by the weekly NZGB auctions, covering NZGB-27, -33 & -51.
Fig. 1: Change In RBNZ Dated OIS Strip Around NZ Q4 CPI Data
Source: MNI - Market News/Bloomberg