AUD/NZD and rates outlook - Westpac

Analysts at Westpac explained their outlook for the AUD/NZD cross and rates.

Key Quotes:

"1 day: The multi-week uptrend persists, 1.1020 vulnerable.

AUD/NZD 1-3 month: Higher to 1.10+. The cross remains well below fair value estimates implied by interest rates, commodity prices and risk sentiment, although is closing the gap (6 Mar).

AU swap yields 1 day: The 3yr and 10yr should open around 2.16% and 3.09%, respectively.

AU swap yields 1-3 month: The 3yr has probably based at 1.60%, the RBA expected to sit tight at a 1.5% cash rate for some time. (7 Nov)

NZ swap yields 1 day: NZ 2yr swap rates should open down 1bp at 2.29%, the 10yr down 2bp at 3.54%.

NZ swap yields 1-3 month: The RBNZ said it has ended its easing cycle and will remain on hold until 2020. That will anchor the short end, although markets will not abandon their expectations for earlier tightening which means occasional spikes in the 2yr will be likely. The long end will continue to follow mainly US yields, which we expect to rise. That means the curve steepening trend should continue. (17 Feb)"

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