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Bernard is a senior contributing editor of interest.co.nz. Until September 30, 2012 he was the managing editor. He worked for 18 years for Reuters, the FT Group and Fairfax as a financial journalist and editor. He is now the publisher of Hive News.
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English reminds savers of no guarantee

English reminds term deposit savers there is no Government Guarantee and fends off Winston Peters' call for deposit insurance, but says in talks with Australia

RBNZ drops talk of future rate hikes

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RBNZ drops comment on further rate hikes in dovish statement; warns again on high NZ$; currency and swaps fall further; economists react; Greens attack RBNZ

Key warns of big pay equity costs

Key says Government considering budget costs of pay equity ruling; could add "hundreds of millions" in costs; BusinessNZ suggests law change

Roost Home Loan Affordability report for September

NZ home loan affordability flat as house prices stagnate

When a 'demographic dividend' becomes a 'demographic drag'

Bernard Hickey looks at whether a demographic dividend for the economy over the last 50 years is about to turn into a demographic drag

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

Bernard's Top 10

How the young are priced out of Britain; Young UK workers' wages down 15% since 2007; ECAN's high nitrate levels; An Ebola effect?; The amazing magic leap machine; Dilbert

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'

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

Auckland property no one-way bet - Key

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Key says first home buyers in Auckland should look at buying apartments to get on the ladder; Govt's focus on growing supply; blames land rules

English eyes more state house sales

New Housing NZ Minister Bill English plans to ramp up Housing NZ sales to accelerate social housing reforms and boost affordable housing supply

'Loopy' property rules taskforce starts

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Paula Bennett names heads of Rules Reduction Taskforce aimed at rooting out 'loopy' council property rules; complaints website launched

Not so guaranteed

Bernard Hickey argues for a joint Reserve Bank/Government education campaign about what Open Bank Resolution means for savers and taxpayers

Key may spend more on child poverty

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Key open to spending more on reducing child poverty; Sees two-step flag referendum done by mid 2016; Likes silver fern, but not black background; No apology for Collins

Smith blames RMA for land price escalation

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New Environment Minister and Housing Minister Nick Smith argues for RMA reform to focus on housing affordability; says RMA responsible for Auckland land price surge

Bernard's Top 10

 Do NZers know their term deposits could be given haircuts? Apparently not; The German Patient; Where Auckland's young migrated; Why NZ is drying out; Dilbert

Cunliffe pulls out of leadership race

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David Cunliffe withdraws from Labour leadership race; says supports Andrew Little's candidacy; Race left to Robertson, Little, Parker and possibly Shearer

Profiting from a Living Wage

Bernard Hickey looks at the initial signs the Living Wage campaign is working to help companies and the economy alike

Little to run for Labour leadership

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Former union leader Andrew Little to run for Labour leadership; says all Labour policies need review; says he's "solid head on solid shoulders" and can combat "transactional" Key

Bernard's Top 10 at 10

Water 4.0; Why the world is trapped in a doom loop of credit booms; How the Living Wage worked in NZ; Breaking the (euro) buck; John Oliver forfeits and Jerry Seinfeld advertises; Dilbert