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90 seconds at 9 am: China growth slowing

Fed sees US expanding but housing up less than expected; China growth slows but better than expected; NZ$1 = US$0.863 TWI = 80.1

What happened Wednesday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Wednesday; mortgage approvals sag, inflation weak, 90 day bill rates jump, NZD falls, Co-op Bank pushes bonus saver boundary

The Sheep Deer and Cattle Report

Winter lamb contract pricing sets the tone and weaner deer sell well

Inflation weaker than expected

Updated
Inflation weaker than expected as strong NZ$, lower airfares and lower electronics costs offset tobacco tax hike and surge in housing cost inflation; OCR hike still on for next Thursday

90 seconds at 9 am: Dairy down another 2.6%

Dairy price declines keep coming; US inflation 1.5% y-on-y; regulators target big banks; China lending falls; Australia prepares for tough budget; NZ$1 = US$0.864 TWI = 80.2

IPCC redefines agriculture as 'green tech'

Federated Farmers sees New Zealand 'in very good shape' pursuing mitigation and adaption strategies for climate change

The worm turns for dairy prices and interest rates

Dairy prices head south, as interest rates head north and the NZD remains strong, say ASB. Improving sheep sector incomes not out of the woods yet

The Weekly Dairy report

Prices fall at auction as autumn production lifts

What happened Tuesday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Tuesday; Ruataniwha approved, SBS raises home loan rates, service businesses strong; buyers like horticulture

Ruataniwha consents granted

Environmental Protection Authority grants resource consents for Hawke's Bay's Ruataniwha Dam with conditions

90 seconds at 9 am: A Facebook bank?

US retail gains; US deficit falls; global trade growing; Facebook applies for payments license; NZ$1 = US$0.868 TWI = 80.4

Key sees flattening Auckland house prices

Updated
Key says Auckland home owners should welcome flattening of house price inflation; Govt opposed to Councils taxing sales and incomes; Key welcomes housing affordability debate with Labour

Beef+Lamb board supports remits

Allan Barber looks at two B+LNZ remits and sees them accentuating farmer divisions which undermines the case for Govt restructuring help

What happened Monday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Monday; rental demand rises faster than rents, coffee prices up, Smith sets the target

NZD direction to determine inflation outcomes

Roger J Kerr warns that interest rate increases could be a lot sooner and more severe if the NZ dollar falls sharply

Kiwi dollar diverging from critical lead-indicators

Roger J Kerr says a surprise 'no change' OCR decision would be much more effective to pull the NZ dollar down than jawboning

Sensitivity to log prices

Angus Malcolm shows how the value of a forest changes dynamically in relation to the current price of logs

90 seconds at 9 am: Markets wobble

ECB plans new easing policies, bond yields fall, oil prices unifying, eyes on dairy prices, equities fall; NZ$1 = US$0.869 TWI = 80.5

The challenge of creating a strong red meat sector

Allan Barber sets out the challenges farmers have to unite under a common banner, the only way he sees of achieving any meaningful improvement in the red meat sector

Faculty fight

Opinion: Tony Chaston details the internal struggles at Lincoln University over the focus of proposed changes; commerce vs agriculture

Changing beef outlook

Allan Barber examines what the US beef shortage and Japan-Australia trade deal might mean for New Zealand beef farmers

What happened Friday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Friday; frantic currency trading, house sale volumes tepid, inbound tourism booms, virtually no-one thinks things will get worse

'Botulism scare net positive for NZ'

Ex-Fonterra CEO and NZTE Chairman Andrew Ferrier says botulism scare was 'net positive' for NZ reputation; LV Martin 'putting right that counts' approach cited

The dairying dilemma and policy denial

David Skegg wants us to stop pretending that we can have our dairying cake and eat it - we urgently need to make the hard choices for the environment with intensive farming

90 seconds at 9 am: Ugly dairy price falls

US deficit shrinks to 14 year low, jobless claims at 7 year low; Aussie jobs grow; Greek debt popular; markets fall; dairy prices tank; NZ$1 = US$0.870 TWI = 80.5