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Nick Smith vs the Knights who say Ni!

Bernard Hickey welcomes Nick Smith's RMA reforms aimed at stripping the NIMBYs and BANANAs of their magical power to make housing unaffordable

Key benefits from sanguine economy

Jump in support has the National Party with poll numbers near its record high; Government Confidence rating highest since 2010

Trams the answer to Auckland's transport woes?

Auckland Transport eyes light rail as a move to tackle traffic congestion; Says it would not require major acquisition of properties

'From small to slightly less small'

Deloitte sees 'inflection point' for contactless payments via mobile phones in 2015

What happened Friday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Friday; down, down, down; five year mortgage rates fall below 6%, Govt deficit smaller, Govt bond yields below cash, NZD lower

Energy firms’ debt burdens pose risk to banks

East & Partners warns the impact of falling oil prices on energy companies could flow through to rising bad debts for big Aussie banks

Five year fixed rates slip below 6%

Westpac pushes long-term fixed mortgage rates lower; other banks signal they will follow with even lower rates

Lifestyle blocks set price record in Auckland

The median price of Auckland lifestyle blocks rose 17.2% last year to hit an all time high of $958,000

Volatile year for the NZ$ seen

HiFX's Dan Bell says NZ dollar could swing 20% against the greenback this year, sees global ramifications from ECB move

Friday's guest Top 10

Matt Nolan takes a look at the drivers of NZ growth over the next year with a two handed Top 10 that's actually two top fives

A slight dip in farm sales and prices

There was a slight drop in farm sales and prices in December but dairy remains resilient

From the beach 2015

Gareth Kiernan looks at some key trends we will face this year, and suggests that the RBNZ will launch new housing loan restrictions

Budget deficit lower than forecast

Treasury reports deficit was NZ$121 mln below forecast; higher tobacco excise, lower spending more than offset lower than expected GST, PAYE

Proposed RMA changes to benefit vulnerable

Insurers pleased the Government plans to recognise natural hazards in revamped RMA

ECB exceed expectations on QE amount

NZDUSD down to June 2012 levels following ECB's bond buying program announcement; equity markets stronger across the board; gold price back over $1,300

NZD gets only faint ripples from ECB

Even though NZ economy expanding with no inflation, markets focused on the 'no inflation' and pricing in higher chances of a rate cut. Kiwi dollar slips

Local markets raise rate-cut bets

Turbulent night on bond markets. UST yields higher, NZ swap rates fall, ECB even beats recently raised extectations

90 seconds at 9 am: ECB acts, finally

ECB bond buying program announced; China adds liquidity; UST 10yr yields rise again; NZ swaps fall; oil down again, gold up; NZ$1 = 75.4 USc, TWI = 78.1

3 P2P licence applications lodged

FMA considering three applications for P2P licences

The times they are a-changin'

KPMG says retail banking approaching 'e-book moment', describes bitcoin as 'the internet of money'

Feature of the Week

This quarterly series tracks the prices New Zealand exporters and importers get or pay in international trade transactions.

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