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ANZ lifts floating, flexi mortgage rates

ANZ follows OCR hike with increases to floating and flexi mortgage rates, introduces term deposit 'special'

ASB, BNZ still committed to TSM

TSM CEO says mobile wallet 'ecosystem' will allow flexibility for banks to differentiate themselves despite Westpac's fears

Taxman's view on bitcoin

IRD says bitcoin should be treated in the same manner as foreign currencies for tax purposes

RBNZ eyes improved regulatory efficiency

RBNZ regulatory stocktake to look at length and nature of consultation programmes after about 25 consultations in just 3 years

Harmoney sees $12b opportunity

P2P lender excited by opportunity given NZ banks 'have margins between borrowing and retailing that you can drive a truck through'

Westpac goes solo with digital wallet

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Westpac trialling host card emulation mobile contactless payments where customers' card detail is stored in the cloud; Won't be part of TSM launch that's set for Q4 of this year

Heartland confirms MTF interest

Heartland says it could be interested in acquiring Motor Trade Finances' business after MTF publicly rebuffs a confidential offer 

Responsible lending to include debt-to-income ratio?

Bell Gully and Chapman Tripp muse on the likely shape of the incoming Responsible Lending Code

'Young immigrants could prop up provinces'

NZIER's Shamubeel Eaqub says recruiting young immigrants could help address problems in NZ provinces where there are more old people, compared with the working age population, than Japan

RBNZ 'between rock & a hard place'

ASB economists say RBNZ will lift OCR to 3.5% on Thursday, then refrain from further increases until December; Suggest communicating a pause may be a challenge

Co-op takes name dispute to court

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Co-operative Bank seeks injunction to stop NZ Association of Credit Unions rebrand to 'Co-op Money' & 'Co-op Insurance'; NZACU says bank wants to monopolise generic word

Spotlight on bitcoin

International acceptance of, use of, and interest in bitcoin rising strongly, CoinDesk report says, as local bitcoin players raise profile

Fair Play on Fees cases on ice

Exception fee cases against ANZ and Kiwibank on hold pending outcome of appeal in Aussie ANZ case

ANZAC recognition of online identities?

Aussie government report eyes potential to copy NZ's RealMe online ID service, mutually recognise IDs on both sides of Tasman

SmartPay secures Epay deal

SmartPay selected as preferred New Zealand terminal partner by Euronet Worldwide unit Epay

First-half bank ad spend drops 14%

NZ banks' half-year advertising spend falls, led lower by ASB

'P2P lenders need to build reputations'

NZ Bankers' Association CEO Kirk Hope says P2P lenders, virtual currencies face a challenge building reputations and trust

ANZ sees possible 'sub $6' Fonterra payout

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 ANZ says 'poor' dairy auction shows material change to economy's risk profile, financial conditions tightening materially, NZ$ vulnerable to a correction; ASB, Westpac cut forecasts

HSBC cuts 1, 2 & 3 yr mortgage rates

HSBC introduces lowest carded 3-year mortgage rate, is for the bank's "Premier" customers

'Regulate products & services not institutions'

Bank regulators, holding the 'pendulum of political power,' should switch focus to products and services from institutions, PwC says