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RBNZ will hike rates to 2.0% next year

While the RBNZ only hiked rates by 25bps at today’s meeting, it is set to continue lifting rates next year. However, we think a slowdown in the economy will end the Bank’s hiking cycle with the OCR at 2.0%.
Ben Udy Australia and New Zealand Economist
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