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Councils want broader taxing powers

Local Govt NZ releases discussion paper calling for councils to have broader taxing powers to bridge current gap between spending and revenue

90 seconds at 9 am: 'Australia adrift'

China factories slow; Greeks get EU's back up; Russia does u-turn; Australia shows intolerance for reform; UST 10yr yields fall; oil and gold jump; NZ$1 = 72.4 USc, TWI = 76

Norman to stand down as Green Co-Leader

Norman to stand down at Green Co-Leader after 9 years; says time for a change and to spend time with 3 kids under 4; National MP Mike Sabin resigns

90 seconds at 9 am: Sharp falls everywhere

US jobless claims fall; Denmark struggles with peg; Germany gets deflation; China milk industry doubts; NZ swaps and fx fall sharply; NZ$1 = 72.5 USc, TWI = 76.1

What the RBNZ decision means

Bernard Hickey looks at what the RBNZ's countenancing of a possible rate cut means for mortgage rates and property prices

Markets now see OCR cut in 2015

RBNZ holds OCR at 3.5%; says will hold rate "for some time" and OCR "adjustments up or down" will depend on data; NZ$ drops below 74 USc; Swap rates fall; Markets price in rate cut

90 seconds at 9 am: Yellen's 'patient' message

Fed signals rate rises coming; China cuts growth targets, Singapore trims peg; Australia wary of inflation; NZ$1 = 74.6 USc, TWI = 77.5

The problem with lifestyle blocks

Is the 10 acre block 'the worst environmental crime being committed in NZ?' Hamish Hutton explains the issue and offers a solution

Bernard's Top 10

Greece set to run out of cash within weeks; China's brilliant GDP base; Why aren't NZ insurance premia falling with global reinsurance rates? ; John Oliver is a shade of grey; Dilbert

The Weekly Dairy Report

As yet, predicted payout little influence in dairy farm sale decisions

90 seconds at 9 am: On the move

Mixed US data, durable goods orders fall; new house sales rise, consumer confidence surges; iron ore price sinks; tourism grows fast; bond yields fall; NZ$1 = 74.5 USc, TWI = 77.5

Is the NZ$ over-sold at US74c?

Roger J Kerr thinks the NZ dollar could start rising again on Thursday as markets discover the RBNZ is not about to become complacent on inflation. Your view?

The Sheep Deer and Cattle Report

More falls in sheep and beef but venison finds it's bottom

90 seconds at 9 am: Now the Greek creditors turn

Greek voters choose 'easy' but their creditors have other ideas; eurozone PMI's perk up; UST 10yr yields fall; kiwi dollar sinks; NZ$1 = 74.3 USc, TWI = 77.4

Alpine water storage needed now to counter dry spell

We need to dam the alpine rivers to supply reliable water for agriculture and industry says Irrigation NZ. Farmer collectives look to expand successful schemes

Holiday briefing: Greece decides

Greeks reject austerity; Europeans worry the ECB stimulus is not enough; US housing and growth picks up; China stocks up on oil; NZ$1 = 77.4 USc, TWI = 77.9

A slight dip in farm sales and prices

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

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

Bernard's Top 10

Good deflation or bad deflation?; Did MTV cut America's teen pregnancy rate?; National's new tax hike; John Oliver and New Year's Eve; Dilbert

'Improve prices for loyalty'

Silver Fern Farms director election: Challenger Hancox offers shareholders the more aggressive MIE 'consolidate-for-change' option

90 seconds at 9 am: ECB under intense scrutiny

Massive ECB speculation; Chinese banks under pressure; US housing starts surge; Canada cuts rates; UST yields firmer; NZD slides; NZ$1 = 75.7 USc, TWI = 78

Smith plans big RMA re-write

Smith proposes 10 part re-write of RMA focused on increasing housing supply; says RMA responsible for extra $30 bln of housing cost and 40,000 fewer homes

The Weekly Dairy Report

Another lift at auction reveals bottom reached, but ANZ lowers forecast to $4.35

Investing for better outcomes

Silver Fern Farms director election: Incumbent Ulrich wants a merger with Alliance Group for scale and efficiencies. He sees low price volatility when products are branded

Wool trade still at crossroads

Allan Barber unpicks farmer scepticism of the wool trade and finds remarkable similarities to their red meat opinions - and a disconnect with their actions