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Petrol prices
31% (66 votes)
Bitcoin
30% (64 votes)
Term deposit interest rates
17% (35 votes)
The NZX50
16% (34 votes)
Mortgage interest rates
5% (11 votes)
Total voters: 210

Which of these will have the biggest percentage decline this year?

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Updated
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