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Bernard Hickey

About

Bernard is back as a senior contributor on interest.co.nz. Until September 30, 2012 he was the managing editor here. He had previously worked for 18 years for Reuters, the FT Group and Fairfax as a financial journalist and editor. He is now the publisher of The Kaka.

Member for

12 years 9 months

Latest articles

Poll shows National/ACT could govern alone, but revelations new MP beat up a kid cloud the news
8th Aug 22, 8:07pm
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Poll shows National/ACT could govern alone, but revelations new MP beat up a kid cloud the news
Commerce Minister David Clark relaxes CCCFA rules for assumptions on credit card and buy-now-pay-later debt
2nd Aug 22, 3:32pm
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Commerce Minister David Clark relaxes CCCFA rules for assumptions on credit card and buy-now-pay-later debt
Investors jubilant at the prospect of central banks avoiding brutally high interest rates, but the danger is far from gone
28th Jul 22, 2:15pm
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Investors jubilant at the prospect of central banks avoiding brutally high interest rates, but the danger is far from gone
Bernard Hickey suggests some terms of reference for a truly independent inquiry into the Reserve Bank's 'tidal wave of cash' unleashed in 2020 and 2021
28th Jul 22, 1:07pm
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Bernard Hickey suggests some terms of reference for a truly independent inquiry into the Reserve Bank's 'tidal wave of cash' unleashed in 2020 and 2021
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National wants review of Reserve Bank's 'inflationary money printing' before decision on Governor's second term; Robertson rejects call from 'Captain Hindsight'
26th Jul 22, 3:56pm
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National wants review of Reserve Bank's 'inflationary money printing' before decision on Governor's second term; Robertson rejects call from 'Captain Hindsight'
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One-term Governor joins Brash, Spencer, Grimes and McDermott in criticising RBNZ's QE-laden looseness since 2019
26th Jul 22, 8:41am
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One-term Governor joins Brash, Spencer, Grimes and McDermott in criticising RBNZ's QE-laden looseness since 2019
Bernard Hickey argues $20b of Covid cash should be returned to taxpayers, along with $20b of the $621b of Covid-era capital gains 'earned' by households
25th Jul 22, 1:42pm
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Bernard Hickey argues $20b of Covid cash should be returned to taxpayers, along with $20b of the $621b of Covid-era capital gains 'earned' by households
James Shaw ejected as co-leader by restive members; he says he'll stand again for co-leader; says he would also stay as Climate Minister if he loses again
25th Jul 22, 1:09pm
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James Shaw ejected as co-leader by restive members; he says he'll stand again for co-leader; says he would also stay as Climate Minister if he loses again
Reserve Bank may have lots of good company in the money-printing dog box, but that doesn't let it or the Government off the hook on inflation
21st Jul 22, 1:37pm
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Reserve Bank may have lots of good company in the money-printing dog box, but that doesn't let it or the Government off the hook on inflation
Builders report 80% to 90% slump in new home inquiries and fear another 2009/10-style bust
21st Jul 22, 5:00am
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Builders report 80% to 90% slump in new home inquiries and fear another 2009/10-style bust
Govt rejigs investor migrant scheme to force more direct investment in firms, rather than just bonds and property; National says it'll scare off risk-averse rich migrants; Greens say rich favoured while poor migrant workers live precariously
20th Jul 22, 7:38pm
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Govt rejigs investor migrant scheme to force more direct investment in firms, rather than just bonds and property; National says it'll scare off risk-averse rich migrants; Greens say rich favoured while poor migrant workers live precariously
Robertson extends 25c/l fuel tax cut and half price bus, train fares from mid-Aug to end of Jan at cost of $652m
17th Jul 22, 4:55pm
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Robertson extends 25c/l fuel tax cut and half price bus, train fares from mid-Aug to end of Jan at cost of $652m
Bernard Hickey challenges the idea the 'squeezed middle' need tax cuts or hand outs. The 'squeezed middle' is actually flush with cash, paying relatively little for their mortgages & their household incomes have grown faster than inflation since Covid
17th Jul 22, 6:00am
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Bernard Hickey challenges the idea the 'squeezed middle' need tax cuts or hand outs. The 'squeezed middle' is actually flush with cash, paying relatively little for their mortgages & their household incomes have grown faster than inflation since Covid
Bernard Hickey suggests a bipartisan deal to ensure any decision to unleash a migration surge happens as well as the long-required surge in infrastructure investment
16th Jul 22, 9:30am
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Bernard Hickey suggests a bipartisan deal to ensure any decision to unleash a migration surge happens as well as the long-required surge in infrastructure investment
Bernard Hickey asks why the Reserve Bank is still encouraging banks to lend cheaply and subsidising their profits at the same time as trying to slow the economy?
14th Jul 22, 4:38pm
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Bernard Hickey asks why the Reserve Bank is still encouraging banks to lend cheaply and subsidising their profits at the same time as trying to slow the economy?
Both parties assume New Zealand must keep tax and net debt around 30% of GDP. Bernard Hickey argues this assumption underpins the fatally flawed model NZ Inc is addicted to
12th Jul 22, 7:04pm
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Both parties assume New Zealand must keep tax and net debt around 30% of GDP. Bernard Hickey argues this assumption underpins the fatally flawed model NZ Inc is addicted to
PM Jacinda Ardern convinced Australia's new Labor PM Anthony Albanese to put NZers in Australia on pathway to citizenship. That may accelerate the brain drain
11th Jul 22, 9:55am
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PM Jacinda Ardern convinced Australia's new Labor PM Anthony Albanese to put NZers in Australia on pathway to citizenship. That may accelerate the brain drain
Team Transitory made a comeback this week as commodity prices fell to pre-war levels and inflationary expectations sagged. Bernard Hickey explains why he's still a paid up Team Transitory member
10th Jul 22, 12:08pm
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Team Transitory made a comeback this week as commodity prices fell to pre-war levels and inflationary expectations sagged. Bernard Hickey explains why he's still a paid up Team Transitory member
Bernard Hickey hopes a Groceries Commissioner can do for the Foodstuffs-Woolworths duopoly what the Telecommunications Commissioner did for Telecom-Vodafone
7th Jul 22, 3:32pm
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Bernard Hickey hopes a Groceries Commissioner can do for the Foodstuffs-Woolworths duopoly what the Telecommunications Commissioner did for Telecom-Vodafone
Government proposes telco-style grocery industry regulator and mandatory code of conduct
6th Jul 22, 3:15pm
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Government proposes telco-style grocery industry regulator and mandatory code of conduct
QSBO survey shows confidence about wider economy at lowest since first Covid lockdown; NZIER says survey unlikely to budge RBNZ from fast hiking plans
6th Jul 22, 6:54am
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QSBO survey shows confidence about wider economy at lowest since first Covid lockdown; NZIER says survey unlikely to budge RBNZ from fast hiking plans
Bernard Hickey peels through the layers of the Reserve Bank's hopes that this time the 'one-way bet' for housing is about to turn
3rd Jul 22, 6:00am
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Bernard Hickey peels through the layers of the Reserve Bank's hopes that this time the 'one-way bet' for housing is about to turn
Individual accounts at the Reserve Bank for all residents would be a better way to do money printing than buying Government bonds, especially if it was done with a new digital currency, Bernard Hickey argues
26th Jun 22, 6:00am
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Individual accounts at the Reserve Bank for all residents would be a better way to do money printing than buying Government bonds, especially if it was done with a new digital currency, Bernard Hickey argues
Long-time National President Peter Goodfellow retires as President, but even his staged (partial) departure triggers internal ructions
24th Jun 22, 9:00am
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Long-time National President Peter Goodfellow retires as President, but even his staged (partial) departure triggers internal ructions
Ardern concerned GIB shortages hurting housing supply; expects Woods to move later this week as critics call for supermarket-style breakup of Fletcher’s monopoly
20th Jun 22, 7:48pm
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Ardern concerned GIB shortages hurting housing supply; expects Woods to move later this week as critics call for supermarket-style breakup of Fletcher’s monopoly