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Rural

What happened today

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Wednesday; ANZ launches hot rate, NZ 7th best, Q1 no building fluke, Rents bounce up, Akl house prices fall, swap rates steepen

'Putting our balance sheet where our mouth is'

ASB rural boss Steve Jurkovich encourages farmers to front foot environmental issues with the urban population

The Weekly Dairy Report

Fonterra invests for the future but auction prices still falling

ANZ predicts $5.1b annual drop in dairy revenue

Updated
ANZ cuts its Fonterra 2014-15 milk price forecast to $5.25/kg MS, which would represent a $5.1b annual drop in farmers' revenue; ASB's $5.80 forecast under review, Westpac sees downside risks too

Cunliffe's 'show me the CGT' moment

Updated
Key trips up Cunliffe over whether CGT applies to family homes in trusts (it doesn't); Key hints at tax cut; National's land buying plan; National down in Roy Morgan poll, but Key up in 3 News poll

90 seconds at 9 am: Commodity prices sink

US construction and manufacturing expanding strongly; Switzerland stalls; surprise rise in Japanese pay; dairy prices fall 6%; oil and gold sink; NZ$1 = US$0.831, TWI = 78.4

ASB 'supporting customers with big ambitions'

ASB's Steve Jurkovich on how the bank aims to continue strong lending growth in its corporate, rural and commercial operations; Says 'we see no shortage of opportunities'

What happened Tuesday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Tuesday; SBS Bank raises TD rates, commodity prices fall, ratings agencies watching bank funding, sovereign spreads narrow, swaps fall

The Sheep Deer and Cattle Report

Beef prices running hot and price prospects look sound for velvet

Labour wants urgent Police Inquiry

Updated
Labour calls for urgent Police Inquiry into Collins' links to Hotchin and SFO case; Winston says full Inquiry a bottom line; Greens plan NZ$18/hr minimum wage; Key vs Hooton

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.