Dene Mackenzie

Shareholders show patience

Allied Farmers' new shareholders are showing more resilience and patience than they were given credit for as they hold on to the shares they were allocated as part of the Hanover Finance takeover.

Wage rise concern to employers

A significant upward swing in the minimum wage would bring an additional burden to bear on their post-recession planning.

Internet privacy complex

You know that internet privacy is going to dominate the minds of some this year when politicians start blogging about it.

Inflation of 1.9% expected

Falling food prices are expected to show annual inflation is down to 1.9% when Statistics New Zealand figures are released on Wednesday.

Mid-cycle earnings key for investors

Mid-cycle earnings key for investors

Much has been promised to investors for the coming year. New Zealand Assets Management is promising a profit boom this year. Bank economists are looking forward to a strong rebound in economic activity. Business Editor Dene Mackenzie sifts through the predictions.

Bank opening state-of-the-art branch

Bank opening state-of-the-art branch

Westpac Moray Place customers will have a new branch to use from Monday that Otago area manager Ken Cochrane describes as the ultimate in customer-friendly banking facilities.

Different degrees of optimism from experts

Economists have started the year with varying degrees of optimism - cautious optimism in the case of the BNZ and strong in the case of Westpac.

Dairy both up and down as commodity indices differ

The ANZ and ASB commodity indices provided some contrasting reading when they were released this week.

Google to tighten security due to hackers

Google to tighten security due to hackers

Google says it is tightening the security of its free email service to combat hackers like the ones that recently targeted it in China.

Employment confidence edges higher

Employment confidence edges higher

Employees were feeling a little happier about employment conditions at the end of last year, according to the Westpac McDermott Miller Employment confidence survey released yesterday.