In today's email we preview the crucial first debate between Jacinda Ardern and Bill English.
In this email we wrap up yet another surprising day in Parliament.
It's like deja vu all over again for the Auckland housing market and the conditions are now in place for another post-election surge. Bernard Hickey surveys the real estate and political landscape and finds Bill English just lit the fuse for another boom if the Government is re-elected in its current form and a rudderless Reserve Bank loses its nerve.
Prime Minister Bill English has rediscovered his jawbone and has sent a clear message to the Reserve Bank that he expects it to start thinking about scrapping its restrictions on loan to value ratios, now that house prices across the country are flat or falling. He also said a new limit on debt to income multiples that the bank wanted to introduce was no longer needed.
In today's email we take a deep dive into the Reserve Bank governor's final new conference.
Graeme Wheeler held his neutral stance in his final monetary policy decision this week, but the focus was on his defence of his record as an inflation targeter. Bernard Hickey reports.
In today's email we catch up after another busy day - and night - at parliament.
1. 'Vote for the other guy'
Yet again, inflation is failing to fire this year and interest rates are staying lower for longer. Bernard Hickey looks at why prices, wages and interest rates just won't, or can't, get up off the floor.
Inflation was surprisingly weak in the June quarter, which means financial markets and economists now see the Reserve Bank as more likely to keep the Official Cash Rate on hold for longer.