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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

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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

Key details Government's plans

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Key lists Governments plans for reforms of social housing, social welfare, RMA, first home buyer rules, labour laws and trade agreements in third term

90 seconds at 9 am: Chinese doubts

China growth prospects scaled back sharply; China's Hong Kong fears; France vs Germany, again; Buffett loses again; UST 10yr 2.20%; NZ swaps rise; NZ$1 = US$0.797, TWI = 77.2

Bond markets over-react to Ebola scare

Roger J Kerr reviews a bond market on edge, spooked by many things including some non-economic ones. But it is economic fundamentals that show the real direction

Monday's Top 10

Simon Reichenbach on the battle for audience; NZME's prospects; David Kirk's new venture; local oil; solar energy; Tiwai Point's future; 3D printing; Dilbert & more

Kiwi dollar establishes itself in new trading range

Roger J Kerr expects the NZD to stay below 80 USc and hold its own against the euro. He also warns of inflation complacency

90 seconds at 9 am: Pumped margins

US housing and consumer confidence rebound; China pumps in another $40 bln; Ukraine gas deal close; Oil down but petrol up; NZ$1 = US$0.793, TWI = 76.9

Monday's Top 10

David Chaston on our wood advantage; our rock star RGNDI; rethinking deflation fears; the problem with creativity; working hours; Will Rogers; Dilbert & more

Inflation may be 'lower for longer'

Westpac chief economist Dominick Stephens says RBNZ may now not increase OCR until after June next year; Says meat prices may fall

90 seconds at 9 am: Relief rally

US data shows healthy gains; Bullard says QE may continue; China lending rises; Wall Street higher; UST 10yr 2.13%; gold down, oil up; NZ$1 = US$0.796, TWI = 77

The Weekly Dairy Report

Auction prices lift but so does the currency

October log market report

Export log price rebound gathers steam with China use up strongly and New Zealand's share dominating in that market; big new commitment to domestic market announced

Good safety policies include your own well-being

John Brosnan says that now is the time to schedule some down-time for yourself now that the added stresses of calving and mating are finished for the year

90 seconds at 9 am: Dairy prices rise, sort of

Dairy prices up in USD; equity markets tumble; economic data uninspiring; US Govt has big Sept surplus; oil price slumps; NZ$1 = US$0.794, TWI = 77

Increasing production will not be enough ...

Gavin Haddon says low dairy prices will require new skills and changes to the way you manage. He sets out a range of things you can do

90 seconds at 9 am: Oil down, gold up

Ireland closes tax loophole; German growth falls sharply; China loosens monetary conditions; UST 10yr 2.22%, oil prices sink; (NZ rich!); NZ$1 = US$0.786, TWI = 76.5