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United States
40% (31 votes)
None of them. They are more likely to decline.
26% (20 votes)
New Zealand
13% (10 votes)
12% (9 votes)
5% (4 votes)
4% (3 votes)
Total voters: 77

Which country's economy is likely to improve the most in 2015?

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Markets absorb FOMC

NZD slightly higher on FOMC decisions, inflation low with gold and oil steady

Risk appetite perks up

USD investors pre-positioning for upbeat tone from Fed; market ignored NZ current account deficit growing; decent bounce in oil price improves market sentiment

Heightened risk aversion

Tightening and flattening of rate curves continues with long end falls continuing

90 seconds at 9 am: Financial stress widens

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High LVR rules derisking bank balance sheets

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The Weekly Dairy Report

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NZD up with dairy prices

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Wild night for others' currencies

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90 seconds at 9 am: Dairy prices up

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BNZ breaches bank registration

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BNZ NIM drops in September quarter

BNZ records decline in quarterly net interest margin but improvement in cost to income ratio

'Trickle-across effect' seen from Aussie FSI

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