Two Cents’ Worth
Episode 51 - The banks, the swaps and the suicide box

Episode 51 - The banks, the swaps and the suicide box

November 15, 2019

The disastrous impact of banks selling risky financial derivatives to farmers is still being felt in rural communities more than a decade later. How did it happen and how can we stop banks doing it again?

Episode 50 - Brentry: 48 hours in Luxembourg that changed NZ forever

Episode 50 - Brentry: 48 hours in Luxembourg that changed NZ forever

November 9, 2019

New Zealand saw the UK’s ‘Brentry’ into the EEC in 1973 as an existential threat to our nation’s future.

It preoccupied New Zealanders for a decade and eventually all hinged on 48 hours of intense trade negotiations.

Episode 49 - Affordable Housing: A Goldilocks Story

Episode 49 - Affordable Housing: A Goldilocks Story

November 1, 2019

House prices are on the rise again - but is that a good thing?

The Two Cents' Worth team looks at the Goldilocks sweet spot for our housing market - do we want prices to go up, fall down or stay as they are?

Episode 48 - What is inflation?

Episode 48 - What is inflation?

October 25, 2019

Gyles Beckford looks at why inflation has gone walkabouts, why central banks are still so obsessed about taming it and - hold your hats - is it time to give away inflation targeting?

Episode 47 - Terrible Tariffs

Episode 47 - Terrible Tariffs

October 18, 2019

Donald Trump’s tariff war is hitting the world economy hard, and there's no sign of a truce.

Nikki Mandow looks at how tariffs have played a major part in some serious, and often traumatic historical events.

Episode 46 - How technology is changing our towns

Episode 46 - How technology is changing our towns

October 13, 2019

Could an online bra fitting service be the final death knell for bricks and mortar stores?

Claire Crofton finds out.

Episode 45 - Banks on notice over ‘No Paywave’ dysfunction

Episode 45 - Banks on notice over ‘No Paywave’ dysfunction

October 4, 2019

New Zealand has fallen behind Australia and Britain in using contactless payments and retailers are revolting.  The Government may have to regulate fees directly.

Episode 44 - Two Cents’ Worth turns 1

Episode 44 - Two Cents’ Worth turns 1

September 27, 2019

We're going back to where it all began... and finding out how far we've come.

Spoiler alert: Not far.

Episode 43 - The economics of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Episode 43 - The economics of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

September 20, 2019

Come on a hilarious romp with some of New Zealand's best theatrical talents as Justin Gregory looks at the economics of taking a show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Episode 42 - Stink Bugs: Be afraid, be very afraid

Episode 42 - Stink Bugs: Be afraid, be very afraid

September 15, 2019

Our most feared pest could be starting its journey to New Zealand.