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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

Collaboration or flying solo, which is best?

Semble CEO outlines benefits to banks of taking the mobile wallet journey with Semble as ANZ, Westpac go it alone

MIE plan stimulates debate but won’t fix the problem

MIE’s plan is heavy on production cost and efficiency analysis with a wish-list of what is desirable, but light on strategy for achieving it, says Allan Barber

Bernard's Top 10

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

NZ average home values up 7.7% in March year

QV says average home values rose 13.9% in Auckland in the year to March, but value rises flattening around rest of the country

BRANZ says builders need to do better when fixing defects in new homes

BRANZ survey finds most people are happy with new homes but builders need to be better at following up to fix problems after the house is completed

Low rates not hurting NZ life insurers

NZ life insurers not affected by low interest rates causing capital erosion for international insurers

The Weekly Dairy Report

All eyes on tonights auction  as the reality of the downturn starts to bite.

Fonterra’s disappointing performance

Allan Barber explores the inherent conflict between cooperative members’ expectations and external investors’ desire for returns on their investment

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

NZ suffers contagion from Aussie pressure

NZ-AU 2-year swap spreads close to their highest levels in almost 8 years. Much of the RBA-RBNZ different approaches now priced in

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

Fellowship Finance Group

Elizabeth Kerr reveals exciting details of a new scheme empowering first home buyers

Asking prices on hit new high in March

No let up in the property market with asking prices on hitting a new high for the third month in a row

Commuters and remote workers can contribute to economic revival of towns

Andrew Whiteford says that commuters and remote workers can contribute to economic revival of towns, including places like Wanganui

Banks 'still held in high regard'

Few customers moving their primary banking relationship partly due to decline of personal interaction, Consumer NZ says

Prices ranged from $200k to $1.758m at Harcourts auctions

Harcourts auctioned 235 homes throughout the country last week. Prices started at $200,000 but there was only a handful that sold for under $500,000 in Auckland - see full results

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

Feature of the Week

This is a quarterly reading of employment confidence, done by McDemott-Miller for Westpac, and published by Westpac economics.

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