A review of things you need to know before you go home on Wednesday; companies confident, more real estate agents, more water policy, Tesla's for the Govt?, Co-op Bank cuts rates

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Wednesday; companies confident, more real estate agents, more water policy, Tesla's for the Govt?, Co-op Bank cuts rates
For Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Image sourced from Shutterstock.com

Here are the key things you need to know before you leave work today.

TODAY'S MORTGAGE RATE CHANGES
The Co-operative Bank has reduced three home loan rates to stay up with the recent changes. It has dropped its 18 month and 2 year rates from 5.89% to 5.75%, and their three year rate from 6.19% to 6.09%.

TODAY'S DEPOSIT RATE CHANGES
There were no changes today.

CONFIDENCE HOLDING
Business sentiment picked up a little in October, and continues to point to solid GDP through the latter half of 2014. Pricing intentions also picked up in October. However, looking more broadly, there are few signs of generalised inflation at this stage. Consequently, the RBNZ is expected to remain firmly on hold tomorrow.

THE FLAG REFERENDUM
Cabinet has today agreed on the details of the flag referendum process and every political party represented in Parliament has been invited to take part. Change can't come soon enough for me.

MORE REAL ESTATE AGENTS
For the first time since the new real estate licensing rules came into force, the number of real estate agents and offices has exceeded 14,000 according to REAA data for September. 6,350 are in Auckland, also a new high. On average, real estate agents do only about 5 deals a year (less in Auckland). This 'average' probably just shows that a smaller group do most of the deals, and there are many in the industry on a part-time (hobby?) basis

MORE WATER POLICY
LGNZ has today released an issues paper ‘Exploring the issues facing New Zealand’s water, wastewater and stormwater sector’ as part of its sector-led 3 Waters project. The research provides a clear picture of the state and performance of local potable, wastewater and stormwater assets and services at the national level for the first time.  

'BUY NEW CARS'
The Greens want the Government to replace its BMW limos with the all-electric Tesla S model. These cost NZ$110,000 each, and much less than the $200,000 (less discount) 2011 BMWs which the National Government got stuck with from a previous Helen Clark contract.

JAPAN IMPROVING?
Data out today in Japan shows that industrial production grew, and while not overly strong came in much better than analysts were expecting. Recent Japanese data has been surprising on the upside.

WHOLESALE RATES
Domestic swap rates rose today in a slightly steepening bias. The rises ranged from +1 to +3 bps. The 90 day bank bill rate however slipped back to 3.68%.

OUR CURRENCY HOLDS
Check our real-time charts here. The NZ dollar rose no more than its overnight change. It is now at 79.2 USc, which is essentially unchanged from yesterday, at 89.4 AUc, and the TWI sits at 76.9.

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...the $200,000 (less discount) 2011 BMWs which the National Government got stuck with from a previous Helen Clark contract.
 
I thought it was a matter of negligent ministerial oversight. Some public service decision makers should have been dismissed for indefensible arrogance in respect of public expenditure. The public certainly saw fit to dismiss Clark, and rightly so in my opinion.
 
Key revealed this afternoon that the Government was not kept in the loop about the decision. A six-year deal for the cars was signed by Labour with a three-year rollover clause.
"That decision to invoke that rollover and bring new cars in was made by the Department of Internal Affairs without reference either to their minister or to me," he said.
Mr Key found out about the new cars when one of the drivers told him last week.
The department did not think it had to check as it had authority from the former Labour Government. Read more

Tesla's would be great. Enough range for 99% of their trips I'm sure. Fast enough to out run ISIS terror cells the PM is worried about. 
Even better, what about working with Elon Musk on one of these battery factories powered by renewable Manapouri electicity post aluminium smelter. 
http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/10/27/tesla-ceo-elon-musk-says-next-big-disruption-new-battery/
Sorry, forgot under Key et al we are "close followers" not "leaders"

I hope we arent going to have endless debate about new Government cars. IT pathetic that kiwis get obsessed about such things. VIPs need a reasonable car. THE PM should have his own jet as well but we wont go there. 

Jeez it's quiet around here without cowboy. My huff only lasted about 1 hour; he's really holding out.
 
Can't work out whether it's a good thing or not.

Spoke too soon. Sorry about that.

Poor-ole cow-boy AKA mist42nz gets all misty-eyed and can't stay away

lets see how the dollar fares tomoorow http://www.cnbc.com/id/102130262

.... been away all day .... did anyone else comment on the article in today's Chch Press , by Tony Brazier ( who coincidentally works at a real estate firm bearing his name ! ) " Danger of too many Homes " ... in it he claims we're constructing 6000 houses per year in Christchurch ...
 
He warns we may have an oversupply of houses in a year or three , and that this may ( horror of horrors ! ) flatten demand and values !
 
.... I did look at the date , it's not April 1'st , what a jolly joker ...

So busy laughing at all the planning disasters - Arts Precinct, Convention Centre etc - I must have missed that one.
 
BTW CHC issued 3,902 consents for new dwellings 9/13 - 8/14. If you have quoted him accurately Tony is overstating the case by 50%.