Mortgage growth drives record bank profits

Strong mortgage lending drove banking profits to record levels in the first three months of the year, according to a new report from KPMG.

Investor activity falls

More than half of mortgage advisers reported a decrease in investor activity over the past month, according to a new survey from economist Tony Alexander.

Astute launches mentorship scheme

Adviser group Astute Financial has launched a mentorship scheme to guide new entrants into the industry.

Interest rate hike expectations grow

The recent surge in economic growth has increased the odds of an official cash rate hike in February, according to Kiwibank economists.

Simplicity cuts floating rate to 1.9%

Default KiwiSaver provider Simplicity has slashed its variable rate mortgage to 1.9%, one of the lowest rates available in the market.

ANZ predicts February OCR hike following GDP growth

ANZ economists predict the official cash rate will begin to rise in February, after the New Zealand economy roared back into life in the first quarter.

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