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Reader poll

About the same.
24% (29 votes)
Better off.
21% (26 votes)
Much better off.
20% (25 votes)
Much worse off.
20% (24 votes)
Worse off.
15% (18 votes)
Total voters: 122

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Credit Ratings

An economic handbrake

Bernard Hickey points to Standard & Poor's remarkable call for reforms to reduce income inequality as a way to improve economic growth

Big banks & wholesale funding dependence

No end in sight for big 4 NZ banks' 'structural' reliance on offshore wholesale funding

Avanti Finance's home loan push

Consumer lender Avanti Finance expands in home loan market with funding from Westpac; Is no longer a non-bank deposit taker

Strong interest in F&P securitisation

Fisher & Paykel Finance says good level of interest received in its $283.25m Q Card securitisation from both local and overseas investors

Q Card securitisation underway at F&P

F&P Finance launches $283.25 mln Q card receivables securitisation programme

Wholesale funding Achilles heel remains

NZ's big banks would remain 'comfortably solvent' in a severe recession such as the one that hit the US between 2008-11, Moody's says

Youi enters NZ insurance market

Updated
South African 'challenger brand' Youi officially launches in NZ targeting the IAG dominated car, home & contents insurance markets; CEO says he won't do irrational things to get marketshare

Risk of big house price fall 'moderating'

The risk of a significant NZ house price correction is slowly moderating, Moody's says, with RBNZ actions a key factor

Fitch revises Kiwibank rating outlook up

Outlook on Kiwibank's Fitch credit ratings revised to positive from stable off the back of credit rating agency's similar move on its NZ sovereign rating

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