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Bernard's election diary - July 25

Brownlee forced to give up Civil Aviation responsibilities during Inquiry his 'running late for a plane' airport security breach; Gareth Morgan launches water campaign; Your view?

90 seconds at 9 am: Low rate angst

US factory expansion; steep fall in US jobless claims; Euro services rebound; AU concern at low rates; UST 10yr 2.51%; NZ$1 = US$0.858, TWI = 79.9

What happened Thursday

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A review of things you need to know before you go home on Thursday; rates rise after OCR hike, Chinese PMI up, NZ trade balance strong, high LVR lending rises, swap rates fall, and more

Brownlee offers to resign; Key says no

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Brownlee offers to resign over airport security breach; Key says won't accept it; Labour doesn't want Mike Hosking moderating TVNZ debate; Cunliffe complains about John Key's All Blacks' cover

RBNZ hikes, but signals pause

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RBNZ signals "period of assessment"; NZ$ drops to 86 USc after Wheeler warns it could fall a lot; Pause may last til March; Door seen opening for NZ$ intervention

90 seconds at 9 am: China gold demand falls

IMF downgrades US in 2014, upgrades for 2015; China's provinces upbeat; Aust sees mortgage war, UST 10yr 2.46%; NZ$1 = US$0.868, TWI = 80.8

What happened Wednesday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Wednesday; Aussie inflation raises their currency, mortgage volumes sag further, Hubbard's trick, wholesale rates rise, and more

Super age a trust issue, says English

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Government's retirement age policy of 65 more an issue of trust now, rather than policy, English says; Future Govt without Key may change that, he says

Bernard's election diary - July 23

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Labour, Green welcome block to Basin Reserve flyover; Brownlee scathing on Inquiry's decision; says cars still the future; More expenses problems for Claudette Hauiti?;Your view?

90 seconds at 9 am: Markets ignore non-economic tensions

American inflation rises; house sales up; equities hit a new record on good earnings reports; NZ$1 = US$0.866, TWI = 80.7