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About the same.
26% (32 votes)
Better off.
21% (26 votes)
Much better off.
20% (25 votes)
Much worse off.
19% (24 votes)
Worse off.
14% (18 votes)
Total voters: 125

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Exchange Rates

Central bank focus increases and paths diverge

Fed and BOE steering towards normalisation of monetary policy while ECB and BoJ moving in other direction to combat inflation

Mixed messages & data keeps market guessing

Canadians release revised employment data after error found; BoE Governor speech leaves market confused; little life out of Europe sees EUR under pressure

Lower levels of geopolitical tension

Russia pulls back troops reducing geopolitical risks; Australasian currency risks are still tilted toward further losses

USD appreciation loses momentum

US employment data failed to raise pulses; central bank focus turns away from US and we could see some excitement from BoE and BoJ announcements

Big week ahead for the US and USD

Federal Reserve’s statement and monetary policy announcement will be keenly watched as debate over the speed and extent of future rate hikes continues

US dollar gains on geo-political events

Expect geo-political tensions to continue along with a flight to safe haven currencies such as the US dollar and Japanese Yen

A lack of direction in most markets

Financial instability and geopolitical risks not enough of a direction catalyst; focus shifts to Federal Reserve for guidance

Volatility back to 2007 levels

Markets at risk of being complacent around future risks; China optimistic 7% growth achievable

USD remains under intense pressure

Yield chasing investors supporting NZD; USD vulnerable to any negative news

US economic recovery continues

Divergent US & European growth profiles re-emerge