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David Chaston is the publisher of interest.co.nz and is commited to ensuring readers get the latest information on interest rates, and the forces that move them.

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What happened Thursday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Thursday; best growth since 2007, US Fed impacts NZ, low crude, high petrol, swap rates zoom higher

90 seconds at 9 am: US QE nears end

Fed stays the course with unchanged signals; papers show US rates may rise 1% next year; focus shifts to UK and Scottish vote; UST 10yr 2.57%; NZ$1 = US$0.816, TWI = 78.3

What happened Wednesday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Wednesday; dairy payout in focus, BOP deficit improves, farm sales weak, swap rates fall

Q2 Balance of payments shows export fall

Annual current account deficit shrinks to -2.5% of GDP, down from -2.7% in March and as expected. But exports fall in June quarter

90 seconds at 9 am: Big China decisions

Dairy prices don't fall; China's latest QE; China FDI sinks; corruption enquiry targets NZ; UST 10yr 2.57%; NZ$1 = US$0.818, TWI = 78.5

5.75% is the new benchmark

HSBC sets the spring mortgage season tone with three new market leading home loan rates

What happened Tuesday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Tuesday; Super Fund's high returns, new NZIER boss, red meat prices rising, more council deficits, swap rates fall

90 seconds at 9 am: China power dims

US factories stumble in August, up in September; China's power generation falls; OECD worries about the EU; markets await Fed; NZ$1 = US$0.818, TWI = 78.5

What happened Monday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Monday; mortgage rate cuts, new fair dealing rules, service sector humming, $400 mln KiwiSaver 'loss', rise and rise of swap rates

Monday's Top 10

David Chaston on irrigation, Alibaba, a 15 year aberration, more education equals higher incomes, the benefits of fracking; Dilbert & more

90 seconds at 9 am: Crucial votes loom

US retail strong, consumers bullish; China industry slows; markets expect early US rate rises; oil and gold fall; UST 10yr at 2.61%, US; NZ$1 = US$0.815, TWI = 78.2

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What happened Friday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Friday; Housing market weakens, factories expanding strongly, momentum in the Akl Housing Accord, rural borrowing all for dairy

Inflation Indexed Bond tender number 526 results

A further fall in demand for longer dated inflation adjusted NZ Govt bonds with weighted average accepted yield falling to 2.61% (previously 2.67%)

90 seconds at 9 am: A sinking NZ dollar

US deficit narrows, jobless claims fall; China's inflation falls; Australia's big jobs gains; oil demand falling; NZ swap rates tumble; NZ$1 = US$0.818, TWI = 78.4

What happened Thursday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Thursday; RBNZ changes its mood, Greens push 100% renewable, Herbert convicted, Nats to double rural exports, NZD 'unjustified, unsustainable'

90 seconds at 9 am: Separate policy paths

US and ECB go separate ways; BofJ drives rates below zero; France fails EU standard; end of the iron age; oil and gold prices fall; NZ$1 = US$0.824, TWI = 78.9

What happened Wednesday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Wednesday; new BNZ incentive, guest nights up strongly, fast start to dairy season, land release enquiry, swap rates rise

90 seconds at 9 am: US dollar rises

US dollar surges higher, especially against the euro; US Fed targets large bank capital levels, UST 10yr yields rise; oil and gold fall; beef prices rise; NZ$1 = US$0.822, TWI = 78.7

What happened Tuesday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Tuesday; SBS Bank slashes its 3yr rate, Truckometer reduces speed, card spending mellows, used imports surge, swap rates rise