Dene Mackenzie

Card transactions 'flat'

Card transactions 'flat'

There would be no surprise if listed New Zealand retailers started issuing profit downgrades following the release yesterday of flat electronic card transactions data, Craigs Investment Partners broker Greg Easton said.

Exchange rate, demand boost meat returns

Exchange rate, demand boost meat returns

A more favourable exchange rate and strong demand, particularly for beef, meant an improvement for meat export returns in the three months to December, Beef and Lamb New Zealand figures show.

Agritech exports on the go

Agritech exports on the go

New Zealand's agritechnology exports are worth about $1.2 billion annually and have the potential to grow to about $1.8 billion, research out yesterday shows.

Sector under performing but shows potential

A comparison of between New Zealand's agritechnology exports and its key competitors shows New Zealand is underperforming in size but is showing good growth.

A 'most un-Australian' crisis over dollar

Speculation the New Zealand and Australian currencies may reach parity is causing volatility in the Australian currency as the country faces a slew of confidence-affecting issues.

Low interest rates test investors

Low interest rates test investors

Investors need to make a psychological switch in the way they think of receiving returns on their investments, as interest rates look likely to stay low for at least the next five years.

Main focus on dollar

New Zealand investors face a quiet week for data this week. The main focus will continue to be on the strength of the New Zealand dollar against main trading partners.

Soaring property sector

The listed property sector had a stellar 2014, up 25.4% and outperforming the NZX50 which was up 19.2%, Forsyth Barr broker Andrew Rooney says.

Kiwibank first to lower mortgage rates

Kiwibank first to lower mortgage rates

Kiwibank has opened what is expected to be a bidding contest for mortgage business with a cut to its two-year fixed interest rate.

MP sharpens knowledge to inform policy

MP sharpens knowledge to inform policy

Dunedin North MP David Clark faces a testing year ahead has the new Labour caucus members have 12 months to prove themselves to leader Andrew Little.