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90 seconds at 9 am: US grows strongly

US grows strongly in Q3; lowest jobless claims in 14 yrs; oil output surges to 30 yr high; banks back in firing line; Brazil raises rates, gold sinks; NZ$1 = US$0.785, TWI = 76.5

Govt insurance, risk management business on block

MBIE seeks panel of risk financing & insurance intermediary service providers for about $130m of annual government business

HSBC offers one year mortgages at 5.39%

Home loan rates continue to fall with more reductions today; rates re-set lower for terms of three years and less, for Premier clients

ASB's Apple Pay assessment

Apple may struggle to find as much oxygen for Apple Pay in NZ as in the US, ASB says

What happened Thursday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Thursday; mortgage approvals rise, IAG gets dominance to pay, more RBNZ currency intervention, swap rates steepen, full replacement cover returns

Auckland Mayor tweaks commercial vs residentail rates

Auckland Mayor Len Brown moves to ensure commercial rates don't go down while residential rates go up

English reminds savers of no guarantee

English reminds term deposit savers there is no Government Guarantee and fends off Winston Peters' call for deposit insurance, but says in talks with Australia

Latest apartment auction results

From high end to shoe boxes they all went under the hammer this week

Cracking returns from aggressive KiwiSaver funds

We review regular savings returns to September 30, 2014 for aggressive KiwiSaver funds, identifying who has the best long-term returns

Record annual profit for BNZ

BNZ annual net profit after tax up 22% to $850 mln; CEO Anthony Healy sees momentum continuing into new year; Mortgage marketshare rises

Taxpayers almost off wholesale guarantee hook

Curtain set to fall on Crown's bank wholesale funding guarantee scheme in November when US$71m ANZ bond is repaid

RBNZ drops talk of future rate hikes

RBNZ drops comment on further rate hikes in dovish statement; warns again on high NZ$; currency and swaps fall further; economists react; Greens attack RBNZ

RBNZ holds OCR at 3.5% as expected

Reserve Bank's October OCR statement

NZD opens sharply lower

US Fed eyes gathering steam in the US economy. Stocks and gold lower, oil prices higher

US Fed gives public vote of confidence in the US economy

NZD falls after FOMC statement. Attention now turns to RBNZ, and later to data on currency intervention signals

NZ swaps steady, but short US yields spike higher

Strong local receiving demand blunts NZ swap rates; eyes on RBNZ tone as no-one expects a rate hike signal

90 seconds at 9 am: US Fed ends QE

US Fed ends money printing, still holding US$3.6 tln; China to support six industries; stocks and gold fall; oil and UST 10yr yields rise; NZ$1 = US$0.786, TWI = 76.5

Luxury waterfront apartment fails to sell for $195,000

A luxury apartment at Viaduct Harbour fails to reach its declared reserve of $195,000 when put to auction

What happened Wednesday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Wednesday; companies confident, more real estate agents, more water policy, Tesla's for the Govt?, Co-op Bank cuts rates

Westpac's NZ interest rate trade of the week

'Our tactical trade this week is to receive the 3mth 2yr swap at 3.99%. We expect another dovish shift from the RBNZ on Thursday morning'

Feature of the Week

The NZIER quarterly survey of business opinion (QSBO).

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