RBNZ expands LSAP to include semi-government bonds

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) now says it will expand its large-scale asset purchase (LSAP) programme to include NZ$3 billion (US$1.8 billion) of New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency (LGFA) debt. The 7 March announcement comes just a day after the reserve bank said it would make “small scale” purchases of LGFA bonds alongside rather than as part of the LSAP.