Reserve Bank Heads Banking Cartel

17 April 2007 16:27:00

“State interference in the financial affairs of New Zealanders has reached a disturbing new low point,” said a disgusted Greg Balle, Libertarianz Finance Spokesman today. “Reserve Bank Governor Bollard has allegedly orchestrated a 0.5% home loan rate increase in closed door negotiations with the major banks.”

“This brazen cartel-like behaviour seems to be welcomed by the governing Labour party while all other political parties have kept silent on the questionable legality of this price fixing. Where’s the outrage?” Mr Balle asks. “While seemingly simultaneous petrol price rises bring about yelpings from all quarters, a state orchestrated rise of around 0.5% on home loans seems to go by without comment.”

“There is no law that allows the Reserve Bank to coordinate commercial banks to target home mortgage holders for special financial pain,” Mr Balle noted. “For the Reserve Bank to talk directly to, and act in concert with, the commercial banks has clearly taken it well beyond it’s lawful mandate to keep prices stable via the OCR.”

“The role of the Reserve Bank in this possibly fraudulent activity calls into question the existence of a Reserve Bank at all, now that the willingness to abuse its state-given powers has been demonstrated.”

“Libertarianz policy is to abolish the Reserve Bank and its monopoly to produce fiat money. The discipline of a free market monetary system would deliver stable prices and a vastly more flexible banking environment,” concluded Mr Balle. “Without a centrally-planned monetary system and a one-size-fits-all interest rate., New Zealand could stop repeating the tragic boom-bust cycle.”

ENDS

For more information contact:

Dr. Gregory J. Balle
Libertarianz Finance Spokesman
Phone 021 250 5430
Email: [email protected]

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