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90 seconds at 9 am: Gold tumbles

BofA pays another huge fine; US factory and jobs data positive; EU and China PMIs disappoint; gold down sharply, S&P500 up at record; NZ$1 = US$0.84, TWI = 79.2

'Fonterra of forestry' initiative unveiled

Chinese/Australian venture launches United Forestry to become 'Fonterra of forestry' so 14,000 smaller foresters can market NZ$30 bln 'wall of wood'

What happened today

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Thursday; job ads cool, Labour focuses on Dunedin, Aust the backdoor into NZ, consumer confidence down, credit card use slows, swap rates firm

Chinese shopping for Canterbury farms

Chinese buyers and corporate investors are increasingly common on Canterbury farms, Bayleys says

Requirements of a good employee

John Brosnan discusses a rarely reviewed subject: what an employee needs to bring to a workplace

Back to the future?

Andrew Hoggard says the best thing we can do as farmers is to reduce the push for unionism by being the best employers we can. Your view?

90 seconds at 9 am: Bitcoin and 3-D printing

US Fed and BofE members struggle with timing of rate rises; China carbon price mistakes; Aussie bitcoin ruling; 3-D printing; NZ$1 = US$0.838, TWI = 79.0

ANZCO, a case of successful foreign investment

Allan Barber reviews the complex issues surrounding 'foreign ownership' of rural businesses & points to ANZCO as an example of how it can work to advantage NZ

What happened Wednesday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Wednesday; HCNZ moves home loan rates 1 bp, home loan approvals slow, payout forecasts cut, poll surprise, US dollar surges

The Weekly Dairy Report

Relief as milk auction prices settle

Budgeting software for farmers

Coral Phillips reviews the various options you have to prepare a farm budget, and she highlights the strengths and weaknesses for each

90 seconds at 9 am: Dairy prices hold

GDT prices suffer only a tiny fall; US CPI 2%; US house building expands; UST 10yr 2.40%; oil and gold fall; large grain surpluses forecast; NZ$1 = US$0.843, TWI = 79.2

What happened today

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Tuesday; the best public service, Ralph replaces Ralph, IAG getting its reward, inflation under control, surplus safe, NZD falls

The Sheep Deer and Cattle Report

Contracts appear to be in front of the spot market with Lamb and Venison

Less budget headroom for tax cuts

Updated
Treasury sees lower budget surplus in 2014/15 due to slower economy; delays restart of NZ Super Fund contributions by a year to 2020/21; no tax cut plan before election

90 seconds at 9 am: Food commodity volatility

US housing confidence up; huge corn crop; China housing confidence down; EU adds food subsidies; PwC fined; UST 10yr yield 2.38%; NZ$1 = US$0.848, TWI = 79.5

What happened Monday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Monday; HSBC ends mortgage specials, service sector expands faster, farm and lifestyle block sales, no inflation yet, swap rates fall

Nervous investors send bond yields lower

Roger J Kerr says interest rate risks are moving for more than just the geopolitical aspects; expectations of Yellen's next signals are part of it as well, he says

Farm sales ease

Updated
Farm sales numbers and prices edge down in July, says REINZ; Six dairy farm sales in July lowest in a month since September 2012

USD strength still anticipated

Roger J Kerr looks at what is in store for the NZD after the RBNZ rate hike pause and lower dairy prices, both of which now appear to be factored in to current pricing

90 seconds at 9 am: The great Chinese exodus

US factory output rises strongly, prices stable; Russia in sanctions squeeze; Aussie home loan rates fall; oil price lower; UST 2.34%; NZ$1 = US$0.848, TWI = 79.5

Rabobank customers most satisfied

Rural lender tops financial institution category in Roy Morgan's latest monthly customer satisfaction survey

What happened Friday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Friday

August log market Report

Although log prices have stopped falling, the market will be uncertain until log inventory in China falls by a quarter

What happened Thursday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Thursday