Reserve Bank Issues Statement of Intent
30 June 2008
The Reserve Bank has released its Statement of Intent (SOI) for 2008-2011. Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard said the SOI has been written in a period of considerable uncertainty in the outlook for the economy.
"Over the last six months or so, economic activity has slowed down markedly, while inflationary pressures, especially in fuel and food prices, have continued to strengthen," Dr Bollard said.
Since August 2007, the financial system has withstood a severe test of global financial markets, triggered initially by losses in the US sub-prime mortgage market. The IMF has described unfolding events as the largest financial shock since the Great Depression.
"The adjustment process might prove to be protracted Further volatility in world equity markets, exchange rates, and debt markets is likely," Dr Bollard said. "In this environment, a key strategic priority for the Bank is to strengthen its prudential liquidity policy for banks."
Dr Bollard said the Bank is also implementing the new …
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Publication information: Article title: Reserve Bank Issues Statement of Intent. Contributors: Not available. Journal title: The Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bulletin. Volume: 71. Issue: 3 Publication date: September 2008. Page number: 65. © 2009 Reserve Bank of New Zealand. COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale Group.