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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 today

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

Rents rise faster in Christchurch than Auckland

Rents in some parts of Christchurch have risen more than 60% over five years, leaving Auckland rents in their dust

The Weekly Dairy Report

Good start to spring production but price woes stay

NZ First, Conservative surge in poll

NZ First up 1.7% to 6.3%, Conservative up 2.1% to 4.6% in 3News poll after 'Dirty Politics'; National down 2.5% to 45%; Labour launches KiwiBuild policy

Risk on mood among traders

Bullish signs coming out of US with data exceeding expectations; NZD trades lower on disappointing trade balance

Central bank focus increases and paths diverge

Fed and BOE steering towards normalisation of monetary policy while ECB and BoJ moving in other direction to combat inflation

Swap yields tracking NZD lower

Yields trending down on speculation of currency intervention; lower currency removes one impediment to future rate hikes

Passive intervention by RBNZ?

Sometime before any RBNZ intervention in currency confirmed; NZDAUD continues to slide south

90 seconds at 9 am: US engine accelerates

Strong US durable goods orders, factories humming; US confidence rising; iron ore prices slump; AU confidence holds; UST 10y 2.39%; NZ$1 = US$0.83.3, TWI = 78.7

'Don't hike the OCR again until 2016'

NZIER says the economic recovery is past its peak and higher interest rates won't be needed until 2016

Moven & Westpac's 'permissions platform'

Brett King of Moven on the mobile banking app becoming the primary financial relationship between bank and customer

What happened Tuesday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Tuesday; lower home loan rates, lower swap rates, less high LVR lending, exports soft, NZ's rating affirmed, NZD starts to rise again

Feature of the Week

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