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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

Updated
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

Updated
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

Updated
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