What are the five most important indicators influencing our economy right now?

It seems like there is a never-ending stream of economic data. It can be complex and is sometimes contradictory.

What matters and what doesn't? The hot stats to watch can vary depending on the state of the economy.

In consultation with some of New Zealand's leading economists here's our list of where to find the best clues for where the economy is headed:


Confidence surveys

The Government hates these. It says business just doesn't like centre-left governments and that's probably true. But even if business is politically biased,


Interest rates

House prices

China and the trade war

Commodity prices

Honourable mentions ...