Mortgage News August 19, 2018
Inflation Still Below Target Level

New Zealand inflation is still below the target level set by the RBNZ, with economists expecting both interest rates and inflation to remain low for some time. Inflation rose 0.4 percent over the September quarter, bringing the annual increase to 1.8 percent. While this was a bigger increase than the 0.2 percent and 1.6 percent forecast by the Reserve Bank, it is still below the midpoint of the mandated 1 to 3 percent range. Acting Reserve Bank governor Grant Spencer kept the official cash rate unchanged at 1.75 percent in the September review, with low inflation figures likely to keep rates on hold in the immediate future.


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Decline in Housing Investment

Housing investment is falling across New Zealand, with new figures from the Reserve Bank showing a steep decline in the amount borrowed by investors over the last few months. Relative quiet in the investment arena is due to a few different factors, including rises in mortgage interest rates, tighter lending criteria, and tighter LVR restrictions for investment loans. While the Reserve Bank seem satisfied with how borrowing figures have been tracking, they have warned about the possibility of a resurgence of housing pressures.


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Home Ownership Around the World

As Aussies and Kiwis find it increasingly difficult owning their own home, it's easy to think that the situation is the same everywhere. While house prices have grown faster than incomes in many countries and the global house price index continues its steady recovery, there is a huge divergence in home ownership rates around the world. House prices, incomes, and culture all have a huge effect on how people live and pay the bills, with increasing house price-to-income ratios in many countries making it hard for many to enter the property market. 


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Rise of the Superfoods

Everyone knows how important it is to have a healthy diet in order to feel your best. Along with regular exercise, there's no better way to boost your performance than through the introduction of nutrient-rich superfoods. The term "superfood" covers a lot of ground, from ancient grains and nutrient-dense nuts through to fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants. Whether you're a high performance athlete, a stressed office worker, or a busy mum, there's never been a better time to change your diet so you can be as super as possible.


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How your Personality affects your Diet

Your personality may be to blame for your bad eating habits, with food personality types and trends found to have a huge influence on how people diet and gain weight. After researching more than 90,000 Australian adults, the CSIRO identified five main diet-related personality types and a number of food personality trends existing across generations. While your personality is not the only thing that influences your eating habits, knowing how you relate to food is crucial if you want to set up realistic diet and exercise routines.


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1. Inflation Still Below Target Level
2. Decline in Housing Investment
3. Home Ownership Around the World
4. Rise of the Superfoods
5. How your Personality affects your Diet

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