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Rural

90 seconds at 9 am: WMP prices rise

US jobs picture brightens; factories stronger except in France; UST 10yr 2.28%; gold lower; WMP prices up; NZ$1 = US$0.782, TWI = 76.2

Changes afoot in Japanese rice farming

Allan Barber wonders if the long-standing reluctance of Japan to open up its markets to agricultural imports may be coming to an end as its rice farming 'rots from the inside'

OCR seen on hold until Sept 2015

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CPI up just 0.3% in Sept qtr and 1.0% for the year; well below economists' forecasts; NZ$ drops half a cent to 78.7 USc; OCR seen firmly on hold until September 2015

90 seconds at 9 am: Australia squeezed

Canada attacked; SEC rule not tough enough; price rises modest; Australia in tough position in FTA talks; UST 10yr yields rise, oil and gold fall; NZ$1 = US$0.794, TWI = 77.2

The Weekly Dairy Report

Good feed conditions at present but some nervousness for summer production

90 seconds at 9 am: Gold rises

US housing markets recover; ECB may buy corporate bonds; China growth slows, on purpose; UST 10yr 2.21%; oil lower; mortgage rates fall; NZ$1 = US$0.797, TWI = 77.3

Dairy inspections find disappointing practices

Updated
Council says some dairy farmers determined not to accept stewardship responsibilities to farm in ways that are compliant with Otago’s most basic and most important waterway protection rules

The Sheep Deer and Cattle Report

No credible alternative offered in red meat restructure states Alliance chief

How to think about fixed vs floating

Now that banks are cutting fixed rates again, Bernard Hickey looks at how to think about whether to fix or float, and how long bank economists think the RBNZ is 'on pause'

Re-thinking our plan?

New Zealand needs to tread carefully because many aspects of Australia’s Plan B with China will run into New Zealand’s Plan A. Professor Ang suggests how we can still benefit

These charts report the growth in credit used by the rural sector in New Zealand. The data is provided by the RBNZ about one month after the end of each period.