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What happened Thursday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Thursday; best growth since 2007, US Fed impacts NZ, low crude, high petrol, swap rates zoom higher

Govt helping hand for Solid Energy, again

Solid Energy's $103m land remediation indemnity tab covered by taxpayers to prevent SOE falling into negative equity; Labour's Cosgrove puts boot into govt

Polls show National likely to win

National in poll position to win with support of either Winston Peters or Colin Craig; Final leaders debate inconclusive; Craig's PR person quits and calls him 'manipulative'

GDP growth highest since 2007

Annual GDP growth was 3.5% for year to June, quarterly GDP rose 0.7%. Both figures slightly below RBNZ expectations

Fed forecasts show rate rises planned

Higher Fed Funds assumptions above market expectations, targeting 3.75% by end of 2017; new DMO bond auction today

90 seconds at 9 am: US QE nears end

Fed stays the course with unchanged signals; papers show US rates may rise 1% next year; focus shifts to UK and Scottish vote; UST 10yr 2.57%; NZ$1 = US$0.816, TWI = 78.3

What happened Wednesday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Wednesday; dairy payout in focus, BOP deficit improves, farm sales weak, swap rates fall

NZ First up to 8% in Roy Morgan poll

National, NZ First up in Roy Morgan poll; Support for Winston as PM up to 9.1%; National eyes new welfare reforms; US owner blocks access to high country tourism business

NZ swaps and bonds down 2-5bps

RBA increasingly concerned about Aussie house price spike; observers not expecting changed Fed wording

90 seconds at 9 am: Big China decisions

Dairy prices don't fall; China's latest QE; China FDI sinks; corruption enquiry targets NZ; UST 10yr 2.57%; NZ$1 = US$0.818, TWI = 78.5

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