A review of things you need to know before you go home on Monday; shipping and climate change; Trade Me Jobs; trade wars; AI startups; Zuckerberg to meet lawmakers; rates lower; NZD higher

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Monday; shipping and climate change; Trade Me Jobs; trade wars; AI startups; Zuckerberg to meet lawmakers; rates lower; NZD higher

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

MORTGAGE RATE CHANGES
No changes to report today.

TERM DEPOSIT RATE CHANGES
No changes here either.

SHIPPING AND CLIMATE CHANGE
New Zealand today released a statement at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Greenhouse Gas reduction strategy negotiations in London, urging IMO member states to work towards a meaningful and effective outcome in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change to bring rising greenhouse gas emissions from shipping under control. “Shipping is vital for Pacific countries, including New Zealand, and we all have a part to play ensuring that maritime trade happens in an environmentally friendly way,” Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter said.

TRADE ME JOBS
The job market remains strong but slowing as per the analysis of over 66,000 vacancies on Trade Me Jobs. “After some impressive double-digit growth in 2017, the number of job listings appears to be slowing and only grew a minuscule 0.4 per cent on last year” Head of Trade Me Jobs Jeremy Wade said. Mr Wade said the average wage was also relatively stagnant on the year prior, up just 0.6 per cent. Despite evidence the market is cooling, Mr Wade said it’s still a job hunter’s market after the average number of applications per listing fell 13.3 per cent on last year. In terms of wages Auckland still leads the way with an average wage of $72,509 but Wellington has broken through the $70,000 average wage mark for the first time.

TRUMP PREDICTS CHINA WILL BUCKLE FIRST
China will take down its Trade Barriers because it is the right thing to do,” Trump told his 50 million Twitter followers early Sunday. “Taxes will become reciprocal & a deal will be made on Intellectual Property.” He also said that no matter what happens, “President Xi and I will always be friends,” referring to Chinese President Xi Jinping. This follows rising trade tensions at the end of last week, which sent financial markets reeling.

AI STARTUPS
China now has the world's most valuable artifical intelligence (AI) startup. SenseTime Group Ltd. has raised $600 million from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and other investors at a valuation of more than $3 billion. If you’ve ever been photographed with a Chinese-made phone or walked the streets of a Chinese city, chances are your face has been digitally crunched by SenseTime software built into more than 100 million mobile devices. The latest financing will bankroll investments in parallel fields such as autonomous driving and augmented reality, cover the growing cost of AI talent and shore up its computing power.

ZUCKERBERG TO MEET US LAWMAKERS
Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg will hold meetings with some US lawmakers on Monday, a day before he is due to appear at Congressional hearings over a political consultancy’s use of customer data, two congressional aides said on Sunday. The planned meetings at Capitol Hill are expected to continue through Monday afternoon and include some lawmakers from committees before whom Zuckerberg is due to testify, said the aides, who asked not to be identified because the meetings have not been made public. Facebook declined to comment.

BENCHMARK INTEREST RATES LOWER
Local swap rates are lower, down -1 bps across the curve. The UST 10yr yield is now at 2.79%, down -3 bps. The Aussie Govt 10 yr is now at 2.67% (flat). The China 10 yr is down -1 bps at 3.74% and the NZ Govt 10 yr is down -3 bps at 2.80%. The 90 day bank bill rate is unchanged at 1.97%.

BITCOIN HOLDS UP
The bitcoin price is at US$7,145 which is a gain of +4.9% since this time Friday.

NZ DOLLAR HIGHER
The NZD is up slightly at 72.9 USc. On the cross rates we are at 94.8 AUc and at 59.4 euro cents. That puts the TWI-5 at 74.3.

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The possibility that shipping could be emissions free by 2035 shows a total lack of understanding of basic physics.

Some changes to transport emissions are going to happen - shipping and aircraft emissions are not amongst those.

In fact they will just go on increasing as they have done for many years as the volumes of products shipped and passengers flying just keeps on increasing as do the distances passengers and products are traveling.

Look at Auckland Airports projections for traffic going forward - closer to the real world.

Basic geology and atmospheric physics is still being worked out too. Science still settling. "These results are going to require rewriting the textbooks," said Kendra McLauchlan, program director in the National Science Foundation's Division of Environmental Biology, which co-funded the research. "While there were hints that plants could use rock-derived nitrogen, this discovery shatters the paradigm that the ultimate source of available nitrogen is the atmosphere.

...Before this study, the input of this nitrogen to the global land system was unknown. The discovery could greatly improve climate change projections, which rely on understanding the carbon cycle. This newly identified source of nitrogen could also feed the carbon cycle on land, allowing ecosystems to pull more emissions out of the atmosphere, the authors said."

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/uoc--nso032918.php

Don't worry folks, Trump said:
"China will take down its trade barriers because it's the right thing to do"
It's all good, the world is great again

1. Trump announces plan to pull out of Syria.
2. Establishment strongly against it.
3. Russia warns of potential false flag chemical attack.
4. Chemical attack happens, despite Syria on the verge of winning the war.

Something just doesn't add up here. War drums are a-banging

USA quote " not undertaking missile attacks at this time "

Translation - undertook them previously but the Russians had their very effective antimissile defences in place around the airport and took out the incoming Tomahawks.

There won't be much more on this issue. Very embarrassing.

Actually they said not carrying out any airstrikes. They made no mention of missiles. TLAMs would to it easily out of the med or Arabian Gulf.

Here we go. Not only are we likely to have to pay for the so called carbon emissions from cattle which are food for other countries we will now have to pay for the shipping of them there too!

Ok only if they allow us to offset C with C in grasslands and soil