Everyone who cares about the future of the economy, interest rates and house prices needs to circle two dates in their calendars this year.
COMMENT: It's easy to assess the value of an asset in a liquid and rising market, but the future liabilities are not so easy to see.
This week's move to remove criminal sanctions for cartel behaviour from a bill already before Parliament should have been bigger news, writes Bernard Hickey.
This week's Salvation Army report into housing baby-boomers in retirement exposed the deepest fault-line in NZ society and its economy - home ownership.
In 1992 banks and borrowers were as risk-averse, writes Bernard Hickey. Fast forward to 2015 and the mathematics are on another planet.
Wheeler has blamed the failure of inflation to rise back into the forecast range of 1-3 per cent on the slump in dairy and oil prices and the surprise rise in the New Zealand dollar.
The words "double Grammar zone" plastered across a real estate billboard is enough to make any red-blooded agent salivate, writes Bernard Hickey.
If you could take out a mortgage fixed for 12 years at 4.01 per cent to invest in an asset that lasts decades, would you?
It's encouraging to see the govt is entertaining the idea for "Special Economic Zones" in an attempt to deal with our so-called zombie towns, writes Bernard Hickey.
Labour lit the fuse on a jury-rigged device and threw it into a shopping mall of opinions, with sadly predictable results, writes Bernard Hickey. But it needn't have been this way.
This week's Productivity Commission report on housing reveals how Auckland's land prices have spiralled over the past decade and the toll that is taking on NZ's economy, writes Bernard Hickey.