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About the same.
23% (49 votes)
Better off.
22% (46 votes)
Much worse off.
20% (42 votes)
Much better off.
19% (40 votes)
Worse off.
16% (33 votes)
Total voters: 210

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What happened today

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Monday; FinanceNow targets car finance, terms of trade improve, economy expansion moderates, swap rates rise, cash incentives expire

GDP growth outlook being revised down

Roger J Kerr sees a sharp slowdown coming, probably with inflation. He says borrowers should fix, investors should stay short

All variables point to NZD depreciation continuing

Roger J Kerr sees the NZD at 78 USc in a few weeks as the lower dairy prices bite and the US dollar strengthens - and lower still if there is political uncertainty

'Robust demand in the household sector'

Treasury reviews the August economic indicators; expects dairy prices to recover, labour markets to tighten, and stabilisation in the housing markets

Key rejects Royal Commission calls

Key rejects calls for Royal Commission into links with Slater; National delays tax plan; Ex FMA boss says blog attacks partly caused early departure; Feeley says Police, SFO considering issue

90 seconds at 9 am: Beijing ends open Hong Kong elections

US consumer spending falls in July; sentiment rises in August; ECB and EU leaders disagree on fiscal policy; China clamps down on Hong Kong; NZ$1 = US$0.83.6, TWI = 78.9

Hotchin behind attacks on Feeley

Emails show Hanover Finance's Mark Hotchin appeared to fund Slater-led campaign against SFO's Adam Feeley; Links brought down Collins; SSC concerned

Collins resigns after 'gunning' for Feeley

Judith Collins resigns after revelation of Slater email saying she was "gunning for Feeley"; Collins denies campaigning to oust SFO Director; Key says Collins had to go; Hotchin link?

What happened Friday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Friday; TSB Bank goes all out, Roest denied, business confidence disappoints, rapid rise in Akl building consents, 70% of mortgages fixed

Monday's Top 10

A better carbon tax; cars as fat cells; Kiwi cows to China; spike in consumer credit demand; the world’s most lucrative shakedown operation; the less you know, the more you make; Dilbert & more