Westpac economists say any 'significant' RBNZ restrictions on property investors will have an impact because investors set prices at the lower end of the market

Short headline:  'Noticeable impact on the housing market' Tweet Any targeted 'macro-prudential' move against property investors could have a "noticeable impact" on the housing market, according to Westpac chief economist Dominick Stephens. In the bank's latest Home Truths review of housing Stephens said in and of itself the regulatory changes proposed by the RBNZ for property investors would have only …

How much longer can the sharemarket push higher?

It’s the question asked by every stock watcher – how much longer can the sharemarket keep pushing higher?The United States’ bull market, which celebrated its sixth birthday on March 9, is about eight weeks away from overtaking the…

Get Sorted: Anchors away

Last week I found myself at a local car yard, trying not to get distracted by knobby-tyred Jeeps. I was talking shop with the business manager in the glass-walled back office whose job it is to get folks to seal the deals.Surprisingly,…

Dirty downside to driverless cars shown in new study

Driverless cars better be able to refuel themselves. They’ll consume more energy than cars with drivers.That’s the somewhat counterintuitive conclusion in a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. They…

Professor Ang says the question of whether NZ is too reliant on the dairy industry has again been raised

Short headline:  Lessons from the '1080 Blackmail' Tweet By Siah Hwee Ang* New Zealand dairy is drawing the attention of Chinese consumers again. A threat was made, in November last year, to Fonterra and industry lobby group Federated Farmers that if 1080 (formally known as sodium fluoroacetate), an agricultural pesticide, is not outlawed for its use by March 2015, there …

How to ensure your insurance broker/advisor isn't compromising your interests for their back pocket

Short headline:  What lies beneath: insurance brokers and advisors Tweet Putting all the cards on the table isn’t always a feature of the insurance game. The rulebook that insurance brokers and financial advisors operate under has holes, which undiscerning players can fall through. Yes, it makes sense for those of us who don’t have the expertise (or inclination) to sift …