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What happened Wednesday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Wednesday; Deposit rate cuts, house values rise, China's manufacturing expands, Solid Energy intrigue, April fools & more

NZ Govt Bond tender number 537 results

Latest bond tender of NZ$300 mln 2027's received bids for NZ$631 mln and produces average weighted yield 13 bps higher than February auction (3.48% vs 3.35% previously)

Friday's guest Top 10

Craig Simpson on KiwiSaver's shift to being a 1st home buyer's play thing, homeopathy is just bunkum, why the US Fed won't raise rates anytime soon, Americans with paraskevidekatriaphobia, Dilbert & more

LGFA tender 27 results

Latest Tender Results - LGFA Bond Tender Number 27; $100 mln of new 2027 maturity offered

ANZ knock Milford off top spot

Conservative funds running over 7% per year behind aggressive alternatives; big players dominating the top spots; some up and comers to watch

Inflation Indexed Bond tender number 536 results

September 2035 Government inflation linked tender attracts strong demand while weighted accepted average yield jumps to 2% (previously 1.8%)

Rockstars of KiwiSaver

We review regular savings returns to December 31, 2014 for aggressive KiwiSaver funds, identifying who has the best long-term returns

Very good returns for less risk a real option

We review regular savings returns to December 31, 2014 for Growth KiwiSaver funds, identifying who has the best long-term returns

Solid returns for reduced risk, and some stars

We review regular savings returns to December 31, 2014 for Balanced KiwiSaver funds, identifying who has the best long-term returns. There are some standouts

AON funds top Moderate table, ANZ close behind

We review the regular savings returns as at December 31, 2014 for Moderate funds, identifying who has the best long-term returns

What a default fund might cost you

We review regular savings returns to September 30, 2014 for conservative KiwiSaver funds, identifying who has the best long-term returns

NZ Govt Bond tender number 535 results

Latest bond tender of NZ$300 mln 2027's received bids for NZ$638 mln and produces average weighted yield 60bps lower than December 2014 auction (3.35% vs 3.94% previously)

Inflation Indexed Bond tender number 534 results

September 2035 Government inflation linked tender reasonably well bid; weighted accepted average yield just under 1.8%

LGFA tender 26 results

Latest Tender Results - LGFA Bond Tender Number 26

NZ Govt Bond tender number 533 results

Latest bond tender of NZ$300 mln 2027's received bids for NZ$1,293 mln and produces lowest average weighted yield in some time (3.94%vs 4.26% previously)

Lifting the lid on KiwiSaver performance

Craig Simpson finds the KiwiSaver funds that are improving the most over the longer term; examines the strategies of some key managers

Final LGFA tender for 2014 attracts heavy bidding

Latest Tender Results - LGFA Bond Tender Number 25

Inflation Indexed Bond tender number 532 results

Improved success rate across bidders in latest Government inflation linked tender; not as well bid and average weighted accepted yield was lower at 2.37% (previously 2.55%)

What happened Thursday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Thursday; Westpac's 18-month mortgage special; Cullen funds growing rapidly; FMA a respected regulator; Countdown cleared of bullying; Harbour on China

NZ Govt Bond tender number 531 results

Latest bond tender of NZ$300 mln 2027's received bids for NZ$771 mln with an average weighted yield of 4.26% (previously 4.09%)