Right now, trading suggests there's a 74% chance of National setting the top marginal tax rate to the 33-34.9% range for next year; there's also a 90% chance that the GST is increased by the end of this year.
Matt's launched conditionals on National's polling outcomes in the first Roy Morgan poll of June 2010: the contracts pay out at $1 if National polls in the specified range AND if the budget sets the top personal tax rate equal to or below 33% and if National has scheduled a GST increase before the end of 2010.
The sum of bids across the unconditional contracts is 0.97: just a bid-ask spread.
The sum of bids across the conditional contracts is 0.6871. So, about a 30% chance that the condition doesn't obtain. There's about a 70% chance that the top marginal tax rate drops to 0.33 or lower and that GST goes up before end-year. If we divide the high bids by the sum of all bids for each set, we get the following:
|Very low (less than 46.5%)||10%||16%|
|Low (46.5% - 48.5%)||28%||21%|
|Mid (49% - 51%)||32%||35%|
|High (51.5% - 53.5%)||24%||21%|
|Very high (over 53.5%)||6%||7%|