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A 'good' deflation debate

Bernard Hickey argues the Reserve Bank and Bill English should stop turning a blind eye to the breach of the bank's 1-3% inflation target, and actually have a debate about widening or lowering the target.

Winston wins Northland by-election

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NZ First Leader Winston Peters wins Northland by-election with 4,012 vote majority; National will need Dunne, Maori or NZ First to pass RMA; Key's first loss

Landcorp optimistic despite low half year profit

SOE's CEO focusing on key initiatives to drive improvements and beat the commodity cycles

Why farmers should oppose dairy conversions

Gareth Morgan gives five reasons why existing farmers should oppose more dairy conversions

What happened Friday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Friday;  RBNZ sees more than $1 trillion of household wealth, major Wynyard Quarter development, Otahuhu house price leaps, ANZ get tech savvy

Why spoil a stunning harbour?

Oliver Hartwich questions whether Auckland's port is in the right place

Is Otahuhu the next Grey Lynn?

The price of an Otahuhu house increases 74% in nine months

In defence of high LVR restrictions

Limits to banks' high LVR residential mortgage lending helping keep a lid on the growth of household debt, RBNZ says

'No Australian-type scandals here'

The FMA says NZ's regulatory framework would be strong enough to out any Australian-style systemic financial advisory problems at big banks; Plus what NZ's Aussie owned banks say

Apartments achieve gross rental yields of 5% to 6.6%

Latest results from Ray White City Apartments auctions - larger apartments prove popular.

Inflation targets questioned

BNZ economists suggest the targeted 1-3% inflation band could be lowered

Friday's guest Top 10

Elizabeth Davies on financial literacy for felons, stock rustling, organs and cash, financial abuse, KiwiSaver and pocket money, the Sallies and housing, Dilbert & more

Nervous investors pile into USD

Oil price spikes on news of Saudi stikes on Yemen; NZD/USD initially higher before USD found favour; US jobless claims better-than-expected

Middle East tension drives yields higer

US 10-year yields up 10 bps to 2%; expect NZ yields to follow offshore markets today; NZ yield curve remains pretty flat

90 seconds at 9 am: Oil worries

Arabian Peninsula woes; Oil price surges; US jobless claims fall; yields higher; NZ$1 = US75.62

Sharp swings in USD

Risk-off sentiment, poor sharemarket performance, suprising US data and Saudi military operations in Yemen combine to drive USD higher against majors

What happened Thursday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Thursday; online retail spending strengthens, housing affordable everywhere but Auckland, Winston favourite in Northland by-election

RBNZ outlines risks of commercial property debt

Reserve Bank says commercial property carries $30 billion of debt in this country and is riskier for banks than residential lending

Bribery and corruption: NZ's far from exempt

Deloitte reveals incidents of bribery and corruption on the rise - Bill going through Parliament to help crack down on offenders

Housing affordable for first home buyers everywhere but Auckland

First home buyers should have no trouble being able to afford a house anywhere but Auckland - AMP360 Home Loan Affordability report

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