The primary drivers for NZD are its high-beta status and the RBNZ’s monetary policy outlook. As a high-beta currency, NZD has remained broadly well supported in times of risk-on and as the overall risk outlook and tolerance of the market has improved over recent months. With coronavirus vaccines programs now underway in many countries, we
expect the months ahead to see a further gradual improvement in the overall risk outlook and global economic outlook. However, regarding NZD’s monetary policy outlook, optimism has diminished in recent sessions as new legislation by New Zealand’s government to cool its housing market is expected to provide the RBNZ with more time before being forced to normalize policy. Consequently, market expectations for the timing of future rate hikes have been pushed back.


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