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Interest rate outlook not benign; markets complacent

Roger J Kerr sees business-as-usual post election, with the NZD weakening, exports and investment rising, and inflation risk higher. Interest rates are going up

What happened today

Updated
A review of things you need to know before you go home on Monday; milk payout threat, bill paying with bitcoin, bank hybrid downgrade, silver slump, interest swaps fall, NZ$ bounce

Voters endorse a strong economy

Roger J Kerr says expect a short-term surge of appreciation for the NZ dollar over coming days, potentially up one cent

Time for Key to define his place in history

Oliver Hartwich says John Key's outright majority gives him an unprecedented opportunity to pursue much needed reforms if he can ignore thoughts of a fourth term

Monday's guest Top 10

Kirdan Lees on the skills to pay the bills, 7 reasons why Australian house prices are so high, blast off for US interest rates? Dude, where's my inflation? Dilbert & more

National in complete control

Updated
National wins first outright majority under MMP; Key in talks with United Future, ACT and Maori; RMA and labour law reforms likely; Labour in disarray; Ede resigns

NZD gets 25 pip gain on election result

NZD attention now turns to Fonterra results and payout revision; gold extends losses to 8 month low; oil falls

NZD in mild relief rally

Don't expect NZD rally to extend materially as little reason to be bullish in a rising USD environment

US Treasury yields drift lower

Status quo with National re-elected; upcoming NZGB bond auction may get a demand boost; long yields may flatten

Comparing poll accuracy

NZHerald Digipoll "most accurate" predicting National would be re-elected with record high vote as Labour slumps to worst result in over 90 years

90 seconds at 9 am: Weak data angst

Growth concerns in the US, China and Europe; Australia grows ag jobs fast; UST 10yr 2.58%; oil and gold lower; NZ$1 = US$0.813, TWI = 78.6

'National-led Government wins mandate for RMA reforms'

Fed Farmers claims a key message in National's win is that voters "have again rejected Water Taxes and a Capital Gains Tax"; want RMA reforms "for NZ to become a primary superpower"

Lift your horizons

Bernard Hickey asks if voters and investors use long enough time horizons to make decisions

National wins 2014 Election

Updated
National wins third term with existing support partners; Labour-Green lose 3 seats; Conservative and Internet Mana fail to get in; Cunliffe vows to stay on; See tweets of the night

'Classic snake oil tactics'

Alistair Helm despairs at the re-emergence of a particularly dodgy type of real estate advertisement, one that spruiks the supposed benefits of "extra income in retirement"

Clean, green and up to our necks in debt

International report confirms NZ is a world leader in its consumer credit to personal disposable income ratio

Party Policies - Kiwisaver

This is where the parties stand on Kiwisaver.

'Good' interest in govt banking tender

MBIE says it has received a 'good number' of expressions of interest in government's banking business

Wellington office rents set to rise

Looming shortage of prime office space in the capital, says Colliers

What happened Friday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Friday; mortgage rate cut, improved affordability, immigration record, consumer confidence up, swap rates rise

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