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Better off.
27% (6 votes)
About the same.
27% (6 votes)
Much worse off.
18% (4 votes)
Worse off.
14% (3 votes)
Much better off.
14% (3 votes)
Total voters: 22

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What happened Friday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Friday; Resimac changes home loan rates, education industry grows, Croxley slims, Tower gets RBNZ tick, Westpac says fix

'Get in now and fix your borrowings'

Westpac's chief economist Dominick Stephens argues now's a great time to fix loans because financial markets have got it wrong; Your view?

NZD finding some friends

S&P 500 index hits record highs as US data uniformly surprises to the upside; NZD recovering after dipping on weaker consumer confidence data

Markets underrate OCR hikes

Recent data more likely to see RBNZ resume rate hikes than market pricing assumes, says BNZ. Swaps push higher

What happened Thursday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Thursday; job ads cool, Labour focuses on Dunedin, Aust the backdoor into NZ, consumer confidence down, credit card use slows, swap rates firm

Annual net migration headed for 50,000

Updated
Net migration rises to 41,000 in year to July; highest since August 2003; Just a net 79 NZers left for Australia in July; Westpac, ANZ now sees net migration hitting 50,000

Yields push on higher again

A lower currency may convince markets OCR rate hikes are back on track; US and UK central banks turn hawkish

NZDUSD target is 80c by year end

Hawkish tilt to Fed minutes sees USD kick higher although concern on slack labour market lingers

What happened Wednesday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Wednesday; HCNZ moves home loan rates 1 bp, home loan approvals slow, payout forecasts cut, poll surprise, US dollar surges

Yields up in NZ and US

Rare Kauri adds receiving interest, DMO signals more large IIBs and syndication, ears on central bank talk