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Better off.
30% (6 votes)
About the same.
25% (5 votes)
Much worse off.
15% (3 votes)
Worse off.
15% (3 votes)
Much better off.
15% (3 votes)
Total voters: 20

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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

Key and National down in DigiPoll

National and Key down in DigiPoll, but still well ahead of Labour, which also fell; Key's word questioned over Slater's OIA to SIS; Labour would re-open Hillside and keep Invermay

NZD pegging back some loses

NZDUSD back over 84c; disappointing Chinese data; US manufacturing numbers exceeds expectations; gold prices down 1.3%

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

90 seconds at 9 am: Gold tumbles

BofA pays another huge fine; US factory and jobs data positive; EU and China PMIs disappoint; gold down sharply, S&P500 up at record; NZ$1 = US$0.84, TWI = 79.2

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

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

Key says Greens smoking pot on Budget

Key says Greens 'smoking pot' with budget surplus promise; Key says knew nothing of SIS briefing on Slater's OIA request because he was on holiday in Hawaii; Key's poll rating slumps

NZDUSD lower breaking through 84c

Hints US central bank may remove to raise interest rates ahead of schedule; NZD breaks through support level

NZDUSD target is 80c by year end

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

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