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How to think about fixed vs floating

Now that banks are cutting fixed rates again, Bernard Hickey looks at how to think about whether to fix or float, and how long bank economists think the RBNZ is 'on pause'

Migration hits all time high

Updated
Migration adds another 45,414 people to New Zealand's population in year to September

Re-thinking our plan?

New Zealand needs to tread carefully because many aspects of Australia’s Plan B with China will run into New Zealand’s Plan A. Professor Ang suggests how we can still benefit

Key details Government's plans

Updated
Key lists Governments plans for reforms of social housing, social welfare, RMA, first home buyer rules, labour laws and trade agreements in third term

NZDUSD at top of range

Domestic data releases helps lift NZD; Eurozone current account data weaker; global equity markets mixed

Introducing Elizabeth Kerr

New columnist Elizabeth Kerr outlines how and why she will be writing about money and how to accumulate it

'Many banks still have far to go'

EY sees 'a near universal focus' on risk culture at major financial institutions

Jobs growth strongest in Auckland

Job ads in Auckland grow +43% in year, up +19% from a month ago with especially strong demand for construction workers

Markets regain composure, for now at least

Ongoing global growth concerns created volatility in the early part of last week but by the end nerves were calmed by better than expected US data

Strength across the board

Recent data shows 'NZ economy is on a very sound footing' says BNZ, expects NZD to hold its value better than the AUD

BNZ pushes out forecast for OCR hike by 6 months

BNZ pushes back its expectation of RBNZ rate hikes to September 2015 on a lower CPI track. Still sees OCR higher by +75 bps in a year

90 seconds at 9 am: Chinese doubts

China growth prospects scaled back sharply; China's Hong Kong fears; France vs Germany, again; Buffett loses again; UST 10yr 2.20%; NZ swaps rise; NZ$1 = US$0.797, TWI = 77.2

Education competition, a good thing?

Rose Patterson looks at whether it's a bad thing when busloads of kids drive past their local school, bypassing it for a ‘better’ school

What happened Monday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Monday; mortgage rates drop, LGFA rating support, housing politics, jump in rentals, jump in swaps, NZD holds

Bond markets over-react to Ebola scare

Roger J Kerr reviews a bond market on edge, spooked by many things including some non-economic ones. But it is economic fundamentals that show the real direction

There are 17,592 more rented homes than a year ago

The number of rented dwellings increased by 17,592 in the year to September with 7821 of them in Auckland

Monday's Top 10

Simon Reichenbach on the battle for audience; NZME's prospects; David Kirk's new venture; local oil; solar energy; Tiwai Point's future; 3D printing; Dilbert & more

Kiwi dollar establishes itself in new trading range

Roger J Kerr expects the NZD to stay below 80 USc and hold its own against the euro. He also warns of inflation complacency

Auckland property no one-way bet - Key

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Key says first home buyers in Auckland should look at buying apartments to get on the ladder; Govt's focus on growing supply; blames land rules

English eyes more state house sales

New Housing NZ Minister Bill English plans to ramp up Housing NZ sales to accelerate social housing reforms and boost affordable housing supply

Feature of the Week

The NZIER quarterly survey of business opinion (QSBO).

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