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  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 19 Monday, 8 Jun 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England regulator David Bailey takes part in panel discussion at FIA derivatives conference- 1030 GMT. FRANKFURT- ECB Governing Council member Jens Weidmann to give welcome remarks at Bundesbank lecture- 0800 GMT. HELSINKI- European Central Bank council member Erkki Liikanen to speak on monetary policy at a conference organized by Finland's...

  • WELLINGTON, May 29- New Zealand's central bank has announced new mortgage regulations for lenders, requiring them to hold more capital against loans to residential property investors, in an attempt to curb risky lending as house prices hit record highs. The new rules are the latest measures designed to tame risky mortgage lending as the RBNZ worries that a...

  • How to cool housing hot spots, Down-Under style Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 8:53 PM ET

    Australia and New Zealand are trying different methods to cool their biggest cities' housing markets without hurting borrowers, banks and their economies.

  • How to cool housing hot spots, Down-Under style Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    The Reserve Bank of New Zealand is by far the boldest of the regulators, taking the radical approach of targeting only the Auckland housing market with restrictions on loan sizes and tougher capital requirements for lenders. The urgency is understandable given New Zealand's household debt is a stratospheric 160 percent of disposable income, near record...

  • *Dollar holds firm in wake of rise in U.S. bond yields. *Euro dented by persistent worries over Greece's debt. SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, May 19- The dollar held firm on Tuesday in the wake of a rise in U.S. bond yields and as the euro came under renewed pressure on persistent worries that Greece may miss debt repayments next month.

  • *Oil prices supported by fighting in Iraq, Yemen. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.6 percent, although Japan's Nikkei share average edged up just 0.4 percent thanks to some companies' move to boost shareholder returns. Spreadbetters expect European shares to post small gains, with Britain's FTSE and France's CAC40 seen rising...

  • TOKYO, May 18- Asian shares struggled on Monday after soft data raised more questions about the health of the U.S. economy. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was little changed while Japan's Nikkei share average edged up just 0.1 percent, despite stronger-than-expected orders. We estimate the U.S. economy shrank 0.9 percent, "said Shuji...

  • Kiwi with laser eyes: This nation's next flag? Friday, 15 May 2015 | 10:33 AM ET
    "Fire the Lazar!" ('The laser beam projects a powerful image of New Zealand.')

    A country’s cultural identity is rooted by its national flag, but one country has opened up the design its next ensign to a public competition.

  • What all the fighting is about over Pacific trade Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 2:35 PM ET
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a United Steelworkers rally in opposition to the proposed “fast-track” bill, or trade promotion authority, in Washington, April 15, 2015.

    Although the White House won a minor victory on Wednesday, Obama's push for trade fast-track is just the beginning of the battle.

  • *RBNZ announces plans to slow rise in Auckland housing market. *Plans 30 pct deposit on Auckland housing investment loans. "We are proposing these adjustments to the LVR policy to more directly target investor activity in the Auckland region," RBNZ Governor Graeme Wheeler said in the bank's six-monthly financial stability report.

  • TOKYO, May 8- Asian shares held firm on Friday on signs global bond markets are stabilizing after a big selloff and sterling jumped about one percent after UK exit polls forecast the ruling Conservatives taking the most seats in parliament. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was little changed while Japan's Nikkei ticked up 0.2...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to May 18 Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde participate in " Finance and Society" conversation before the Institute for New Economic Thinking Conference on Finance and Society hosted by the IMF- 1315 GMT. WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George...

  • Ex-Fed chair Bernanke joins hedge fund Citadel as advisor Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 10:59 AM ET

    BOSTON, April 16- Ben Bernanke, the former Federal Reserve chairman and one of the world's most closely watched economic thinkers, is joining one of the most successful hedge funds as an advisor, Citadel LLC said in a statement on Thursday. Last month former Federal Reserve Board governor Jeremy Stein joined BlueMountain as an advisor and Bernanke's...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 24 Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve issues the Beige Book of economic condition- 1800 GMT. WASHINGTON- Levy Economics Institute of Bard College holds 24th Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference on the State of the U.S. and World Economies in Washington. WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard gives presentation on the U.S. economy and monetary...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 23 Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    STOCKHOLM- Sweden's Riksbank Deputy Governor Cecilia Skingsley will participate in a seminar on pay formation that promotes the competitiveness of the manufacturing industry- 1135 GMT. WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve issues the Beige Book of economic condition- 1800 GMT. WASHINGTON- Levy Economics Institute of Bard College holds 24th Annual Hyman P. Minsky...

  • Checking out bungee jumping in New Zealand Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 8:52 PM ET
    Checking out bungee jumping in New Zealand

    CNBC's Matthew Taylor is in New Zealand's Queenstown where bungee jumping first began. He speaks to Andy Brinsley, director of AJ Hackett Bungy NZ, about the history of the extreme activity.

  • Fracking link? Cancer gas found in 300K homes Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 7:33 AM ET
    Fracking equipment at an Anadarko Petroleum site near Brighton in northern Colorado.

    Levels of radon have been rising measurably in Pennsylvania since the controversial practice of fracking started there, researchers reported.

  • SINGAPORE/ SYDNEY, March 27- As investigators probe why a young German pilot deliberately crashed an Airbus A320 passenger jet into the French Alps on Tuesday, pilots and psychologists warn there is no foolproof way to prevent similar incidents in the future. Asian airlines including Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Qantas Airways and Singapore Airlines said...

  • Fonterra shares plunge after dividend cut Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 11:46 PM ET
    Fonterra shares plunge after dividend cut

    Matt Joss, research analyst at The Motley Fool, attributes the sharp fall in Fonterra's stock to disappointment over the unexpected cut in dividend forecast.

  • New Zealand, South Korea inks trade pact Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 6:36 PM ET
    New Zealand, South Korea inks trade pact

    Tim Groser, Minister of Trade, New Zealand, discusses the free trade deal the country sealed with South Korea on Monday.