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What happened Wednesday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Wednesday; Deposit rate cuts, house values rise, China's manufacturing expands, Solid Energy intrigue, April fools & more

HomeStart 'could boost developer profits'

RBNZ warned Government that HomeStart subsidy for first home buyers could boost developer margins and pump up already over-valued house prices

Bernard's Top 10

Super Winstons everywhere; Drone sheep dogs; Huzzah for working pensioners; Faces of inequality; Cephlapod ahoy; Clarke and Dawe; Dilbert

US consumer confidence sends USD higher

Disappointing eurozone data as inflation falls for 4th month in row; surprisingly strong US consumer confidence revision; equities, gold and oil all falling

Euro weak as CPI dips to January lows

GBP only currency to hold its own against USD; NZD follows AUD lower as expectations of RBNZ rate cut increases; deflation a real risk for eurozone

90 seconds at 9 am: Pressure on central banks

US consumer confidence rising; Greece's plan rejected, looks to Russia; China gets deposit insurance; RBA pressured to cut; bonds, oil and gold unchanged; NZ$1 = 74.7 US¢, TWI = 80

What happened Tuesday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Tuesday; business confidence up, money supply growing faster, housing approvals stutter, other consents very strong, NZD reaches parity with the AUD

US dollar buying re-emerges

Investors flock to USD as geopolitical risks heat up; Chinese growth prospects are again in spotlight

Key relaxed about dropping RMA reform

Key relaxed about effect of dropping major RMA reforms on new housing supply; says there are mixed views; Labour open to procedural reform; Smith delays new RMA until late 2015

English won't commit to surplus

English warns oil royalties and withholding taxes on bank deposits down; says 'wait and see' on whether Budget is in surplus by Oct; rejects call for lower OCR target
31 Mar 15, 8:46am USD strength sends Kiwi lower
31 Mar 15, 8:32am AUD worst of the bunch
31 Mar 15, 8:00am Parity arrives !
30 Mar 15, 4:00pm What happened Monday
30 Mar 15, 11:18am Key to rip up RMA reforms
30 Mar 15, 7:54am Weighed down by stigma
27 Mar 15, 4:00pm What happened Friday
27 Mar 15, 8:30am Sharp swings in USD
26 Mar 15, 4:00pm What happened Thursday

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