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What happened today

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Thursday; home loan rates down, td rates up, big Auckland budget, Westland cuts dairy payout guidance hard, swap rates flatten further

Good bidding for apartments

Shoeboxes achieve yields around 9% while an owner-occupied pad makes a good capital gain for its vendor at Ray White auction

Spark's 'Square style' mobile payments

Spark, formerly Telecom, targets SMEs with mobile payments service from Optimizer

Review of Beef+Lamb promotional spending

Should levy funds be used for country of origin marketing or be targeted at farm gate issues? Allan Barber reviews the choices ahead of the Beef+LambNZ referendum

Labour down in Digipoll

Winston Peters firming up as Kingmaker; Key says Peters may have big shopping list; Eyes ahead to leaders debate; Peters slams Chinese land-bankers; Labour down in Digipoll

What's the future of banking?

Moven's Brett King foresees banks having to go cap in hand to Apple, Google and Facebook to get access to customers

Agency to buy properties on investors' behalf

A real estate agency will act for buyers rather than vendors to source investment properties for a 2.875% fee

US traders add more risk

The unexpected Fonterra payout confirmation helped the NZD to strengthen

Kiwi rebounds

NZD rises on Fonterra confidence, USD weakness, widening trouble in the Ukraine. Aussie capex data release may set trend for NZD today

Lower and flatter

Only rises in US yields can prevent rate inversion if OCR hikes resume next year; 2-10 spread at lowest since 2008

90 seconds at 9 am: Bond yields keep falling

US deficit shrinks again; IMF's Lagarde in 'graft' charge; Fonterra's move gets attention; bond yields fall further; Russia invades; NZ$1 = US$0.83.7, TWI = 79.0

Rabobank lending growth resumes

Rabobank June quarter profit up 25% as income grows faster than expenses and a lid's kept on bad debts

BNZ NIM up in June quarter

BNZ June quarter profit drops with income lower and expenses higher

What happened Wednesday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Wednesday; RaboDirect raises term deposit rates, food prices fall, Fonterra payout price holds, home loan affordability improves

'The future is uncertain'

Colin Lynch of Statistics NZ responds to some recent criticism of their work with population projection ranges

Property - NZ’s drug of choice

Geoff Simmons says National is encouraging first home buyers to get up to their necks in debt. Your view?

Roost Home Loan Affordability report for July

NZ home loan affordability improves again in July after more house price falls, Roost Home Loan Affordability Reports show. But Auckland missing out on affordability gains

Fonterra bets big on China formula

Fonterra to invest NZ$615 mln in buying 20% of Chinese infant formula group Beingmate; Keeps milk payout forecast at NZ$6/kg; Will invest NZ$555 mln in new NZ plants

Banks can withhold proceeds of property sales

Banking Ombudsman warns investors to check with their bank before selling properties to release capital

Bernard's Top 10 at 10

China's concrete explosion; NZ's China risks; The problem with maximising shareholder value; Colin Craig and Kiss; The lucky and profligate country; Dilbert

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