|May 2018||May 2019||Jan 2020||Feb 2020||Mar 2020||Apr 2020||May 2020|
|NZD by instrument|
|Foreign exchange swaps||5,847||8,955||7,276||8,879||9,226||8,269||8,816|
|NZD by region|
|USD by instrument|
|Foreign exchange swaps||2,346||2,327||1,230||1,899||1,888||2,323||1,747|
|USD by region|
The purpose of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Foreign Exchange (FX) turnover survey is to provide information on the New Zealand dollar flows and turnover. Participants in the survey are inter-bank New Zealand dollar price-makers.
Data are quoted in millions of New Zealand dollars; selected survey results are presented by instrument and by counterparty, and published as a monthly series, based on a daily average.
Aggregates for NZD,USD and EUR are published, based on the following cross rates:
The following types of instruments are published:
The current series begins in January 2008.
The survey summary is updated monthly on or around the 10th business day of the month.
The Statistics Release Calendar provides a long-term plan of scheduled releases. It is updated and released on the first working day of the month.
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The Reserve Bank of New Zealand publishes only aggregated data. Individual institutional data remain confidential subject to the Bank's legal obligations.
The RBNZ collects, monitors and analyses the data in undertaking its market operations functions. These operations involve liaising with and monitoring financial markets, in order to ensure effective implementation of monetary policy and the maintenance of the RBNZ's capacity to intervene in financial markets if required.
Provisional data are italicised. Data are deemed provisional when a series is under review. New data are in bold font in the latest release. This applies to the summary table only and not excel files. Revisions are generally published when tables are updated and released, and are also in bold font.
All data are indicative foreign exchange turnover collected daily. Participants in the survey are inter-bank New Zealand dollar price-makers. Respondents complete a daily survey.
A reasonableness check is undertaken prior to the data release.
Series breaks occur when data is affected by changes such as a reclassification that interrupts ‘like for like' time series. There is a series break in Spot, Outright Forward and FX Swaps data for November 2014.
Turnover data provide a measure of market activity, and can also provide a rough proxy for market liquidity.
In the published data turnover is defined as the gross value of all new deals entered into during a given period (the day), and is measured in terms of the nominal or notional amount of the contracts. No distinction is made between sales and purchases (i.e. a purchase of $5 million against sterling and a sale of $7 million against NZD would amount to a gross turnover of $12 million).
The turnover between reporting dealers is halved to provide an equivalent "single-sided" or "net" turnover between dealers. The overall turnover data are published on a single-sided basis.
Spot transactions are single outright transactions involving the exchange of two currencies at a rate agreed on the date of the contract for value or delivery (cash settlement) within two business days. The spot leg of swaps are not included among spot transactions but are reported as a swap transaction even when they are due for settlement within two days (i.e. spot transactions are exclusive of "tomorrow/next day" transactions).
Transactions involving the exchange of two currencies at a rate agreed on the date of the contract for value of delivery (cash settlement) at some time in the future (more than two business days later). This category also includes forward foreign exchange agreement transaction (FXA), non-deliverable forwards and other forward contracts for differences. This does not include "tomorrow/next day" transactions. The most likely user would be a local "non-financial" market participant i.e. major trading organisation or multinational corporate.
Transactions involving the actual exchange of two currencies (principal amount only) on a specific date at a rate agreed at the time of the conclusion of the contract (the short leg), and a reverse exchanges of the same two currencies at a date further in the future at a rate (generally different from the rate applied to the short leg) agreed at the time of the contract (the long leg). Both spot/forward and forward/forward swaps are included. Short-term swaps carried out as "tomorrow/next day" transactions are also included in this category. For turnover, only the forward leg should be reported as such. The spot leg should not be reported at all.
Transactions involving the actual exchange of different currencies on a specific date at a rate agreed at the time of the conclusion of the contract and an agreement to exchange streams of interest payments (fixed or floating) in the currencies for an agreed period of time, followed by a reverse exchange at a pre-agreed exchange rate at maturity. Equal principal based on the initial spot rate is typically exchanged at both initiation and maturity. Only the exchange of principal – the initial exchange – is recorded.
Contracts that give the right to buy or sell one currency in exchange for another at a specified exchange rate (price) during or up to a specified future date. This category also includes exotic foreign exchange options such as average rate options and barrier options. OTC options include:
For the purposes of the Foreign Exchange turnover survey, "reporting dealers" are interbank NZD price makers in this time zone (see list of reporting dealers at end of B4 Foreign exchange turnover background notes).
This category covers the financial institutions that are not reporting dealers. It includes:
This category covers any counterparty other than those described above, i.e. mainly non-financial end-users, such as corporates and non-financial government entities. May also include private individuals who directly transact with reporting dealers for investment purposes, either on the online retail trading platforms operated by the reporting dealers or by other means (e.g. giving trading instructions by phone).
15th June 2020
Today’s publication of B4 Foreign exchange turnover includes minor revisions to foreign exchange outright forwards in NZD and USD due to revisions of initial reporting by a respondent for April 2020.
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