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How the west was(n't) won

by on 10 September 2016

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What are your big questions about insurance?

by on 17 August 2016

ASSET Magazine will, tomorrow, be running its Life Insurance Round Table session. We would like to offer you the chance to submit your questions for the panelists. More »

[OPINION] Proposed two-tier system has major flaws

by Andrew Gunn on 19 July 2016

IFA Manager, Member Learning & Development Andrew Gunn says the FAA proposals have some laudable aspirations however it has a major loophole which benefits QFEs. More »

A little competition to end the week

by on 1 July 2016

A little competition to clearly see what Financial Advice New Zealand is all about and what you are not allowed to call the proposed new body. More »

Nice 5th birthday present for Partners Life

by Philip Macalister on 31 May 2016

Partners Life has just been given a cheque for its fifth birthday and it's a pretty big one  - $200 million. More »

Battle lines clearly drawn

by on 26 April 2016

Players in the financial advisory industry have revealed their hands in their submissions on the Financial Advisers Act Review Options Paper.  More »

Share sale may help Kiwibank get back market share

by Philip Macalister on 9 April 2016

Much of the discussion around the sale of 45% of Kiwibank to the NZ Super Fund and Accident Compensation Corporation has been around politics and this of state asset sales. This post is about what it means for Kiwibank why the deal is probably a good idea. More »

Where are the RFAs?

by Susan Edmunds on 15 March 2016

There’s a common piece of advice that gets handed around to people who write news stories or blogs online: Don’t read the comments. But in this case, especially if you are an RFA you should read them. More »

FSC collapse spectacularly bad timing

by Susan Edmunds on 29 February 2016

Could the Financial Services Council have picked a worse time to fall apart? More »

[Carey Church] Time to widen debate on FAA Options paper

by on 27 January 2016

In this guest Blog Hamilton-based adviser Carey Church says MBIE have put up many good ideas in its Options Paper on the review of the Financial Advisers Act, but much of the debate about the options has been on just one topic. More »

Focus on what's important in 2016

by on 30 December 2015

Advice industry needs to start the new year on the right foot, writes Institute of Financial Advisers chief executive Fred Dodds. More »

MJW missed their chance

by on 24 November 2015

Michael Naylor, of Massey University, unpicks the Melville Jessup Weaver report into life insurance distribution. More »

MJW report scores a D

by Philip Macalister on 23 November 2015

[OPINION] Despite all the money spent on the MJW report and all the discussion the authors had with people in the life insurance industry its conclusions are flawed. Unfortunately though some may take the findings seriously. More »

The time is up for the FSC

by Philip Macalister on 12 November 2015

[OPINION] The Financial Services Council is dead and its chief executive Peter Neilson should resign. More »

FSC must fix its own ructions before it can fix industry

by Susan Edmunds on 4 November 2015

There probably aren't many people who would want to be in the Financial Services Council's shoes right now. More »

What is the problem the FAA is trying to fix?

by Philip Macalister on 3 July 2015

As the review of the Financial Advisers Act slowly rolls on we have had a few interesting reports come out. Here I take stock of what we’ve learnt so far. More »

Is the FMA looking in right places?

by Philip Macalister on 19 June 2015

Ever since news broke that the FMA was investigating Milford Asset Management over market manipulation allegations I’ve said there can’t be smoke without fire. More »

Fund research options disappear for AFAs

by Philip Macalister on 28 April 2015

News that FundSource has all but closed down its research operations in New Zealand spells bad news for AFAs. More »

Research houses agree on something - a winner

by Philip Macalister on 10 March 2015

This blog runs the risk of being seen as a little sycophantic – I hope it isn’t taken that way. It's genuine, as you will find out at the end. More »

Game on for financial advisers

by Philip Macalister on 3 March 2015

Advisers acquired their "ticket to the game" six years ago when the government chose to regulate their sector. They've played their first game and are about to find out what the rules for the next game game will be.  More »

Match-fixing in funds management

by Philip Macalister on 16 February 2015

Whoever leaked information the FMA was investigating Milford Asset Management for suspected market manipulation had very good timing. More »

What's behind the FMA investigation into Milford?

by Philip Macalister on 10 February 2015

Milford’s decision to out itself and fess up to being the fund manager at the centre of the FMA’s market manipulation investigation earn the company a tick. More »

[Weekly Wrap] Is there any truth to market manipulation rumours?

by Philip Macalister on 9 February 2015

It's probably fair to speculate that most fund managers and advisers are sitting on the edge of their seats waiting to find out if there is any truth to the on-going chatter that a portfolio manager at a leading funds management firm is being investigated for market manipulation. More »

[Weekly Wrap] Let's not follow Australia

by Philip Macalister on 8 December 2014

New Zealand advisers should be watching what is happening across the Tasman with more than just a curious interest.   More »

Bond investing and financial advisers

by on 11 November 2014

Massey University's Michael Naylor responds to adviser Brent Sheather's comments about bond investing. More »

A forecast for dealer groups

by David Whyte on 4 July 2014

Former Ginger Group boss David Whyte looks at the evolution of dealer groups and offers some ideas about what they need to do in the future. More »

The one thing NZ is lacking

by Oliver Hartwich on 25 February 2014

[OPINION] The head of think tank, The NZ Initiative, gives his view on the state of the Australian and New Zealand economies. More »

Hughes prepares to saddle up

by Philip Macalister on 12 July 2013

Financial Markets Authority boss Sean Hughes has, somewhat unexpectedly, announced he's only doing one three-year term in the role. Good Returns publisher Philip Macalister reflects on the FMA's early years and Hughes's performance. More »

Niko: Media acting without thinking on Mighty River accusations

by Niko Kloeten on 11 March 2013

A financial advisory business was stunned last week when it found itself in the middle of a conspiracy theory involving a talkback radio caller, the Treasury, the upcoming Mighty River Power float and some overzealous news reporters. More »

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NZ Home Loans 5.45 4.69 4.75 4.75
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