Bernard is an economics columnist for the NZ Herald
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Bernard Hickey: Want to own a house in Auckland? Circle these dates
Everyone who cares about the future of the economy, interest rates and house prices needs to circle two dates in their calendars this year.
Bernard Hickey: Time for action on high house prices
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.
Bernard Hickey: Failure to criminalise 'abusive behaviour' costs productivity
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.
Bernard Hickey: Poverty trap awaits retiring tenants
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.
Bernard Hickey: The loan stats that should frighten you
In 1992 banks and borrowers were as risk-averse, writes Bernard Hickey. Fast forward to 2015 and the mathematics are on another planet.
Bernard Hickey: Banking on a fair referee and good judgment calls
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.
Bernard Hickey: The lure of the 'double Grammar zone'
The words "double Grammar zone" plastered across a real estate billboard is enough to make any red-blooded agent salivate, writes Bernard Hickey.
Bernard Hickey: Why do Aucklanders fear council debt?
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?
Bernard Hickey: Hope in special treatment for zombies
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.
Bernard Hickey: Labour lit fuse on avoidable storm
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.
Bernard Hickey: Auckland property an ongoing issue
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.