RBNZ MPS, OCR, FSR dates for 2016-2017

Release date
26 August 2015

The Reserve Bank today announced the schedule for the release in 2016 and 2017 of its quarterly Monetary Policy Statements (MPS), the interim Official Cash Rate (OCR) reviews, and the six-monthly Financial Stability Reports (FSR).

The schedule introduces a clear rule for the release dates for the MPSs, interim OCR Reviews, and for the FSRs, to replace the Bank's long-running pattern of release dates, Head of Communications Mike Hannah said.

The Bank last year published release dates up to mid-2016, and these will be retained.

From July 2016, the rule is that:

  • The Bank will publish the MPS on the second Thursday, in February, May, August and November. Each MPS includes an OCR announcement.
  • There will be three intervening OCR Reviews, to be released on the fourth Thursday of March, June, and September.
  • The FSR will still be published in May and November, but, from November 2016, on the last Wednesday of the month, instead of the second Wednesday.

This rule replaces the current pattern of release for MPSs in March, June, September, and December; for four OCR Reviews in January, April, July, and October; and for FSR releases in early May and November.

"The new schedule ensures that the Bank will capture the latest key economic data available for its policy decisions," Mr Hannah said. "It also gives the financial markets clarity over a longer timeframe to enable more efficient risk management and pricing of financial instruments."

The Bank is publishing the dates for 2017 provisionally at this stage. The Bank reserves the right to make changes to this schedule, if required, due to extraordinary circumstances. In such an event, the markets and the media would be given as much notice as possible.

Announcements are made at 9.00am on the day concerned and are posted to the Reserve Bank website shortly after. Media conferences are held at the release of all MPSs and FSRs, and these are webcast live on the Bank's website.

The 2016 and 2017 release dates are as follows:

Monetary Policy Statement / Official Cash Rate announcements

28 January 2016

OCR

10 March 2016

OCR & MPS: Media conference and webcast

28 April 2016

OCR

9 June 2016

OCR & MPS: Media conference and webcast

11 August 2016

OCR & MPS: Media conference and webcast

22 September 2016

OCR

10 November 2016

OCR & MPS: Media conference and webcast

9 February 2017

OCR & MPS: Media conference and webcast

23 March 2017

OCR

11 May 2017

OCR & MPS: Media conference and webcast

22 June 2017

OCR

10 August 2017

OCR & MPS: Media conference and webcast

28 September 2017

OCR

9 November 2017

OCR & MPS: Media conference and webcast

Financial Stability Report

11 May 2016

FSR: Media conference and webcast

30 November 2016

FSR: Media conference and webcast

31 May 2017

FSR: Media conference and webcast

29 November 2017

FSR: Media conference and webcast

Media Contact:
Mike Hannah, Head of Communications,
Ph 04 471 3671, 021 497 418, mike.hannah@rbnz.govt.nz