The US economy remains strong despite rising international tensions. Picture / AP

US stocks edge higher

Wall Street advanced overnight, helped by Pfizer and Wal-Mart, as the latest raft of durable goods and housing data provided…

Savings Rates Provided by

Institution Minimum 1 Year
ANZ $1 3.50%
ASB $1 3.40%
BNZ $1 3.30%
Westpac $1 3.30%

Insurance commissions criticised

Commission payments to financial advisers are in the spotlight, with the release of a contentious report from the Financial…

Mortgage Rates Provided by

Institution Term Percent
ANZ1 year fixed4.85%
ASB1 year fixed4.85%
BNZ1 year fixed4.35%
Kiwibank1 year fixed4.85%
Westpac1 year fixed4.85%

Artisan stories

Luthier Glyn Evans believes a good guitar depends on design, materials and the skill of the maker. Pictures Ted Baghurst

Greg Fleming meets two skilled artisans who -- despite our increasingly teched-up world.