A review of things you need to know before you go home on Thursday; Westpac trumps BNZ; NZ economy growing strongly; lifestyle bloc sales sag; wholesale rates sharply lower; NZD back above 75 USc

Short headline: 
What happened today

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

TODAY'S MORTGAGE RATE CHANGES
There were no changes announced today.

TODAY'S DEPOSIT RATE CHANGES
Similarly, there are no TD changes to report.

CREDIT CARD SHAKEUP
The local credit card world was shaken up today with Air NZ dumping BNZ and switching to Westpac with its Airpoints program features. The switchover happens on May 1. Westpac will launch four new cards and a mortgage product that can earn Airpoints Dollars. Tens of thousands of customers would need to switch banks to retain the Airpoints benefit with credit card spending. It's a big win for Westpac and a potentially big loss for BNZ. But BNZ will no doubt respond. Could get 'interesting'.

SAME VOLUME, HIGHER PRICES
Farm sales are chugging along at a healthy but level rate. There were 144 farms sold in February, about the same number as a year ago. Keeping it like that was a doubling of the horticulture units sold because fewer livestock finishing units sold this year. 33 of the sales were dairy units, just 3 fewer than for the same month a year ago. The prices per hectare however did jump over the same period with most types up strongly; dairy for example was up +30% in $/ha year-on-year.

LOSING LUSTRE?
Lifestyle block sales in February were unremarkable, except to note that over the past twelve months they are running -3% lower. That is especially noticeable in Canterbury were they are down -15%. In the Wellington region they are down -14%.

FASTER GROWTH
Above expectations, Q4 GDP shows the NZ economy is growing at its fastest pace since 2007 thanks to three key sectors, retailing, tourism and real estate services. As Westpac said, "With no unusual details for the quarter, we feel we can take today’s result at face value: the economy has continued to outstrip its long-run potential growth pace."

ANOTHER TRADE AGREEMENT
New Zealand and Viet Nam have agreed an ambitious target of doubling two-way goods and service trade to around $2.2 billion by 2020. Also signed was a cooperation arrangement on food safety and an air services agreement which will provide greater choices for New Zealanders flying to Viet Nam.

WHOLESALE RATES SHARPLY LOWER
The three to ten year wholesale swap rates were sharply lower today, with the 10-year rate down -10 bps. The 90 day bank bill rate was -1 bps lower at 3.62%.

NZ DOLLAR CLIMBS
Check our real-time charts here.  The NZD climbed back above 75c against the USD during the day, principally due to a combination of a dovish FOMC statement early this morning and the relatively strong GDP number. It is now at 75.0 USc, at 96.6 AUc, and the TWI is at 79.6

You can now see an animation of this chart. Click on it, or click here.

Daily exchange rates

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//y: 50,
style: {
fontFamily:'Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif',
fontWeight:'bold'
}
},

subtitle : {
text : chart_subtitles_arr[j],
floating:true, //enable us to position the subtitle using 'x' and 'y'
align: 'center',
x:10,
y:15,
style: {
fontFamily:'Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif',
},
},

xAxis: {
type:'datetime',
lineWidth: 20,
// gridLineColor:'#FAFFFF',
// gridLineDashStyle:'Dot',
dateTimeLabelFormats: {
day: '%e-%b',
week: '%e-%b',
month: '%b-%y',
year: '%Y'
},
max:xpad,
events: {
setExtremes: function(e) {
if (e.trigger === "navigator") {
max=e.max+padding_value;
var x=this;
setTimeout(function(){
x.setExtremes(e.min,max); //chart xAxis
}, 4);
}
}
},
labels: {
style: {
color: 'black',
fontSize: '10px',
fontWeight:'bold',
fontFamily:'Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif'
},
y:3
}
},

yAxis: {
opposite: true,
startonTick: true,
endonTick: true,
labels: {
formatter: function() {
return Highcharts.numberFormat(this.value,setdecimalpoints(this.value));
},
style: {
color: 'black',
fontSize: '10px',
fontWeight:'normal'
},
y:-12
}
},

scrollbar: {
liveRedraw: false
},

series : [{
data : finalAr[i],
id: 'dataseries',
lineWidth:3,
pointPlacement: 'on',
zIndex:9999,
name : 'AAPL Stock Price',
shadow:{
width:3,
color:'#000000'
},
lineColor:'#FF0000',
type : 'area',
threshold : null,
tooltip : {
valueDecimals : decimal_arr[i],
useHTML: true,
headerFormat:'

{point.key}
‘,
pointFormat: ‘{point.y}
‘,
footerFormat:’

‘,
},
dataGrouping:{
dateTimeLabelFormats: {
hour:[‘%b-%e,%Y’, ‘%b-%e,%Y’, ”],
day: [‘%b-%e,%Y’, ‘%b-%e,%Y’, ‘-%b %e, %Y’],
week: [‘%e-%b,%Y’, ‘%e-%b,%Y’, ‘-%e %b, %Y’],
month:[‘%b-%y’, ‘%b-%y’, ‘-%b %y %Y’],
year: [‘%Y’, ‘%Y’, ‘-%Y’] }
},
fillColor: {
linearGradient: { x1: 0, y1: 0, x2: 0, y2: 1},
stops: [
[0, ‘#FFD8D5’],
[1, ‘rgba(255,255,255,0)’] ] },
fillOpacity:.01
},
{
type: ‘flags’,
useHTML: true,
name: ‘Flags on series’,
data: JSON.parse(“[“+flag_test+”]”),
onSeries: ‘dataseries’,
shape: “url(/sites/all/libraries/InterestHighcharts/images/balloon.jpg)”,
width : 5,
y: -33 //this is for flag
}]

});
}
});
//$(‘.series’).animate({height: 600, width: 800});

})(jQuery);

We update this chart twice each day, from the same data the drives our 'live-rates' charts.

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