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The stakes are high

The home loan market is set up for an intense bout of competition. Low rates and slow-growing mortgage books putting pressure on all banks to 'grow'

Sellers raise their sights

National average asking price of houses for sale in February rises above $500,000 for the first time, while Auckland property hits new high

An inbuilt bias

Bernard Hickey cites new research showing that bank leverage for mortgage lending has increased dramatically since new Basel rules in 1989

ANZCO's ownership and management evolving, concentrating

Allan Barber looks at the recent changes at ANZCO Foods and the new path Itoham Foods is taking them

'Tax mega-rich for their Kiwi hideaways'

Gareth Morgan says we should have a Comprehensive Capital Income Tax for everyone and that would mean the global elite using NZ would pay their share. Your view?

Oil price bounce back predicted to be weak

Oil prices expected to remain relatively low over next two years - exploration in NZ slowing right down

What happened Friday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Friday; approaching parity, lame consent levels, strong confidence levels, more water storage, rising swap rates

Solid Energy defers half-year results

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Solid Energy sees coal prices lower for longer with 'diminishing ability to repay or refinance debt .' TSB writes off its full $53.9m exposure

$395,000 for a one bedroom unit

A one bedroom unit with a carport fetched $395,000 while a St Mary's Bay house went for $4.275 million - see the full results of Bayleys latest auctions

'1 Auckland mortgage equivalent to 3 in Invercargill'

SBS striving to offer greater value to its members as profit, home loan book grow strongly in December quarter

Residential building consents up 14.6%

New dwelling consents were up 14.6% in the January year but there are fears the growth in activity may have stalled

Friday's guest Top 10

David Whitburn on NIMBYs, Brian Gaynor's house price fears, Demographia & toilet paper, what's different about Auckland, Dilbert & more

Moody's affirms Kiwibank rating

Kiwibank Aa3 credit rating with stable outlook affirmed by Moody's 

Local data keeps NZD elevated

Fonterra confirming current payout and NZ Trade Balance beating expectations helps NZD rally; US CPI falls in January; oil price slumps yet again, down 4.4%

NZD gets a boost

Core US inflation higher than expected, as were US durable goods orders. Both will impress the Fed. NZ data positive too

Striking drop at NZ long end

Aussie capex weakness and chunky long-end flow drives narrowing of NZ-AU spreads markedly

90 seconds at 9 am: Another NZD run-up?

Equities hit record highs; US prices fall, durable goods orders rise; EU exempts France; wholesale rates fall; oil and gold stable; NZ$1 = 75.4 USc, TWI = 78.5

Super Fund to refine policy after Oak loss

NZ Super Fund Guardians have reviewed Oak Finance loss; 'refinements' around process possible; Loss may not have happened if NZ Super Fund name was used

NZ's trade balance creeps into surplus

Cheap oil imports outweigh the impact on NZ's trade balance of cheaper dairy exports

Luigi Wewege's Irish problem

NZ links to Irish sub-prime stoush highlight the potential for an undesirable form of regulatory arbitrage around our anti-money laundering law; MBIE to make enquiries

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