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Don't bet against sharply higher bond yields

Roger J Kerr says interest rate risks have shifted from the short-end to the long-end of the yield curve; rates will rise as the geopolitical risks recede

Labour appeals for pensioners' votes

Cunliffe offers free doctors visits and prescriptions to over 65s; NZ First offers NZ$1,000 per baby KiwiSaver; Peters' jokes fall flat; Seymour says ending Epsom zoning his last priority

90 seconds at 9 am: China confidence rising

China CPI low, PPI negative; China confidence rising; Hong Kong housing at new record; South African bank bust; UST 10yrs 2.42%; NZ$1 = US$0.846, TWI = 79.3

What happened Friday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Friday; surge in concrete poured, China's exports jump, wholesale swap rates tank

Labour exempts Australians from land ban

Labour exempts Australians from ban on foreigners buying land;  Craig sues his way onto TV3 leaders debate; Govt agrees to leave Rena on seabed

Now's when investor returns may start wilting

BNZ's Stephen Toplis says next few years may test patience of funds management industry & investors to the limit; NZ property over 30% overvalued, but no correction anytime soon

90 seconds at 9 am: ECB warns of conflict risk

US jobless claims at 8yr low; ECB holds rate, warns of risks; Aussie jobless rate worries; NZ to be 'super aged'; Mexico opens its oil patch; UST 10y 2.44%; NZ$1 = US$0.847, TWI = 79.5

What happened Thursday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Thursday; QV, Westpac's trail commissions, AU jobs fall, swap rates fall, NZ IIB yields fall, NZD rises, and more

Greens unveil NZ$10.4 bln transport plan

Greens would spend NZ$10.4 bln on public transport; Cunliffe pledges to stop Lochinver sale; Labour eyes irrigation charges; McVicar to stand for Conservative; Dotcom riles up crowd

90 seconds at 9 am: Italy back in recession

US trade deficit falls; EU stocks drop; German orders fall; Italy back in recession; Beijing pollution action; UST 10yr 2.46%; NZ$1 = US$0.847, TWI = 79.3