AUD/NZD up to 1.1280 after Touching Five-Year Low

New Zealand’s dollar fell against its Australian counterpart from a five-year high after inflation expectations in the smaller nation topped out this quarter, damping the prospects for a rate increase.

The yield on Australia’s benchmark three-year government remained lower after minutes of the Reserve Bank’s Nov. 5 meeting showed policy makers kept the option of reducing rates if needed. Both South Pacific currencies fell against the yen as Asian stocks snapped a three-day advance.

Today’s data suggest that “maybe we are not in as inflationary an environment in New Zealand as what we thought,” said Jonathan Cavenagh, a currency strategist at Westpac Banking Corp. (WBC) in Singapore. Investors taking profit on short Aussie-kiwi positions has “probably been weighing on New Zealand dollar sentiment in the near term.”


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