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China cuts its benchmark rates

First rate cut in more than two years surprises markets; part of a broader effort to support a slowing Chinese economy

What happened Friday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Friday; more home loan rate cuts, bigger credit card debt, sharing with our new best friends, Arvida gets its money

BNZ, Kiwibank cut 3-yr home loan rates

Updated
Cuts to three-year, fixed-term home loan rates from BNZ and Kiwibank; Kiwibank ends five-year 'special'

90 seconds at 9 am: Momentum swings to US

US data strong for housing, factories and employment; eurozone and China factory data weak; China to cap coal use; UST 10yr 2.31%; NZ$1 = 78.5 USc, TWI = 78.2

Westpac launches new 18 mth home loan 'special'

The Red Bank rejigs its home loan offers; targets 18 month, 3 year and 5 year terms for lower conditional rates

90 seconds at 9 am: ANZ probed over manipulation

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US building permits rise strongly; markets await Fed minutes; Russia's big bond failure; China's big rail route; ANZ's big black eye; NZ$1 = 78.6 USc, TWI = 77.9

What happened Wednesday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Wednesday; dairy angst, low birth rate, taxpayers finally shake guarantee; mortgage approvals stir, swap rates fall

KiwiSaver is failing

Two Treasury researchers find that the KiwiSaver program is not achieving its goal of increasing the net wealth of the country, having no effect in meeting its objective

90 seconds at 9 am: More dairy price falls

Dairy prices fall another 5% in NZD; US data positive; new election called in Japan; Indonesia cuts subsidies, raises rates; Beijing house prices fall; NZ$1 = 79.4 USc, TWI = 78.7

What happened Tuesday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Tuesday; cars to disrupt public transport funding, fast uptake of fast broadband, tiny tax credit rise; NZD rising again

90 seconds at 9 am: Japan in trouble

Japan slumps, options from here look desperate; HSBC accused of fraud; Carney wants to control banker salaries; AU-China FTA to boost property; NZ$1 = 79.4 USc, TWI = 78.7

What happened Monday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Monday; PSI high and stable, retail sales healthy, Japan in trouble, ANZ gives themselves a brickbat, NZD strengthens

Monday's Top 10

David Chaston on measuring wages; China's slowdown; Swiss vote on gold; Gates and Piketty; Jean-Claude Junker; more on wages and jobs; Dilbert & more

90 seconds at 9 am: Americans open their wallets

US consumers driving growth; China closes underground banks; NZ and AU announce more FTAs; UST 10yr 2.32%; gold jumps; NZ$1 = US$0.79, TWI = 78.3

ASB offers NZ's lowest 4 year mortgage rate

A new set of home loan rate offers from ASB & cousins sees a more aggressive and lower position by one of our biggest mortgage banks

What happened Friday

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A review of things you need to know before you go home on Friday; TSB Bank cuts 18 mth mortgage rate, ASB to raise their 2 yr one?, petrol prices fall, NZD volumes jump

90 seconds at 9 am: China disappoints

US jobs market healthy again; China data disappoints; India resolves WTO issue; oil drops further; China gold demand soft; NZ$1 = US$0.789, TWI = 78.1

What happened Thursday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Thursday; house prices up, transaction levels stable, factories busy hiring, consumer sentiment falls but high, food price rises low

90 seconds at 9 am: Ukraine risk rises

Russia invades eastern Ukraine; huge fines for fx 'cartell'; Aussie retailers face tough Xmas; IEA warns oil investment could fall; NZ$1 = US$0.789, TWI = 78.1

Live: RBNZ press conference

Live-streamed video from the RBNZ press conference with Governor Graeme Wheeler.