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Every weekday morning, for a fleeting but glorious couple of hours, New Zealand comes as close as it ever will to leading the global economy, by being the first market of the new day to open. It’s a modest distinction, one that reaps the country little more than occasional first billing on CNN’s financial round-ups. The business activities of this placid South Pacific nation of four million, just west of the international dateline, barely register elsewhere: America is logging off for the day, Europe is heading to bed and the neighbouring markets…


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