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Socially responsible investing (SRI) - Part One: the thinking behind SRI

In this 3-part commentary John Berry will overview socially responsible investing.  Part One looks at what it is and how it’s evolving.

Wednesday, February 8th, 1:49PM

The follow up commentaries will consider whether SRI is a serious investor trend (or a fringe fad), whether there a cost for doing good (i.e. lower returns or higher fees) and what products are available in NZ for SRI investing.

SRI – what is it?
Many investors want to align how their capital is invested with their personal values.  This means they are still investing (it’s not philanthropy) but their process takes account of wider non-financial issues...MORE»

China's High Stakes Tennis Match

Friday, February 3rd, 10:59AM

Faced with jetlag and having reached saturation with CNBC and CNN in the hotel room, I found myself watching an out-of- sorts Andy Murray playing in a match that on paper he would have been expected to win.

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The great Central Bank unwind

Friday, January 13th, 9:18AM

Whether by luck or design, when I first entered the world of applied economics during the mid-1980s, I decided that I would like to specialize in covering central banks and in studying the flows that these institutions could create within financial systems and the real economies of the world.

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An adviser's guide to AML Compliance

Friday, December 16th, 11:33AM

The FMA has just released its second annual AML Monitoring Report detailing its 2016 monitoring activities and report card on the 800 Reporting Entities (REs) under its supervision.  Good Returns asked Meredith Cornelius of Financial Strategies Nelson to comment on her reading of the report and what it all means for the smaller retail financial adviser and their practice.

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US Fed hike: When a tiny move matters

Thursday, December 15th, 3:09PM

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UDC gets downgraded on sale news

Thursday, January 12th, 10:23AM

UDC has had its credit rating down-graded following ANZ's announcement it plans to sell the business to a private Chinese conglomerate, and questions are raised about the future of the finance company. MORE»

ANZ sells UDC Finance

Wednesday, January 11th, 11:21AM

ANZ Bank New Zealand  has agreed to sell its asset finance business, UDC Finance, for $660 million to HNA Group. MORE»

BNZ offers 4% term deposit rate

Monday, November 21st, 9:58AM  1 comment

BNZ has introduced a two-year deposit rate special of 4%. MORE»

How FEI Investments reinvented itself

Saturday, November 12th, 4:45PM

A low interest rate environment is driving interest in finance company investments as the expense of bank deposits, one New Zealand operator says. MORE»

Good news for Liberty

Thursday, November 10th, 9:27AM

Non-bank deposit taker Liberty Financial has had its credit rating raised by Standard & Poors. MORE»

ASB issues notes

Monday, November 7th, 8:52PM

As part of its efforts to raise tier two capital in line with capital requirements, ASB is offering $250 million in subordinated unsecured convertible notes. MORE»

Z issues bonds

Wednesday, October 19th, 6:06PM

Z Energy is making an offer of unsubordinated, secured, fixed rate bonds across two series. MORE»

General Finance raises rates

Friday, October 14th, 4:51PM

General Finance has increased its deposit rates by 50 basis points, taking its headline rate to 5.75% over three years. MORE»

KiwiSaver   

KiwiSaver popularity brings attention to 'second-order' problems

Tuesday, February 21st, 5:59AM

Former deputy prime minister and finance minister Sir Michael Cullen says the need for an annuity provider to help KiwiSaver members manage their lump sums on retirement is another sign of the scheme’s success. MORE»

Simplicity's growth fund posts early success

Friday, February 3rd, 6:00AM

KiwiSaver provider Simplicity's managing director Sam Stubbs says his funds' first reported performance data are like "winning a bronze medal in your first event" despite a poor showing from its conservative fund. MORE»

KiwiSaver quake moves spark warning

Thursday, November 24th, 6:00AM

Government is making it easier for earthquake-affected KiwiSaver members to withdraw their money if they suffer financial hardship – but one adviser is warning it is not a good idea. MORE»

Banks raise concern about 'fee-chasers'

Monday, November 21st, 6:00AM  6 comments

Bank KiwiSaver providers are worried that proposed changes to annual statement requirements could lead to members chasing the lowest-fee providers. MORE»

Kiwis seek RI information - but not from advisers

Wednesday, November 16th, 6:00AM

New Zealanders say there is not enough information available to help them choose responsibly invested KiwiSaver funds – but very few seek out an adviser to help them. MORE»

FMA offers KiwiSaver advice guidance

Tuesday, November 8th, 11:00AM  4 comments

[UPDATED] Efforts are under way at the Financial Markets Authority to help address concerns from KiwiSaver providers that are believed to be limiting the advice members receive. MORE»

KiwiSaver bounces back

Wednesday, October 26th, 2:39PM

A solid quarter has seen KiwiSaver investments shake off the impact of Brexit-induced market turmoil. MORE»

Don't dismiss KiwiSaver, advisers told

Wednesday, October 26th, 6:00AM

Advisers are being urged to think about KiwiSaver advice as a way to capture clients for the future. MORE»

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Cash PIE Rates

Cash Funds

Institution Rate 33% 39%
ANZ 0.10    0.10    0.11
ASB Bank 0.40    0.41    0.42
ASB Bank 0.55    0.59    0.56
ASB Bank 0.60    0.61    0.64
ASB Bank 0.65    0.66    0.69
ASB Bank 0.70    0.72    0.75
Heartland Bank 2.50    2.59    2.70
Nelson Building Society 3.75    3.90    4.08
RaboDirect 1.50    1.55    1.62
SBS Bank 1.80    1.86    1.94
TSB Bank 1.60    1.64    1.71
Westpac 0.35    0.36    0.38
Westpac 0.05    0.05    0.05
Westpac 2.60    2.67    2.79

Term Funds

Institution Rate 33% 39%
ANZ Term Fund - 90 days 2.60    2.67    2.79
ANZ Term fund - 12 months 3.35    3.45    3.60
ANZ Term Fund - 120 days 3.00    3.09    3.22
ANZ Term fund - 6 months 3.30    3.45    3.60
ANZ Term Fund - 150 days 3.25    3.34    3.49
ANZ Term Fund - 9 months 3.60    3.70    3.87
ANZ Term Fund - 18 months 3.60    3.70    3.87
ANZ Term Fund - 2 years 3.80    3.85    4.02
ANZ Term Fund - 5 years 4.20    4.27    4.47
ASB Bank Term Fund - 90 days 2.60    2.67    2.79
ASB Bank Term Fund - 6 months 3.20    3.29    3.43
ASB Bank Term Fund - 12 months 3.20    3.33    3.48
ASB Bank Term Fund - 18 months 3.50    3.65    3.81
ASB Bank Term Fund - 2 years 3.65    3.81    3.98
ASB Bank Term Fund - 5 years 4.10    4.28    4.48
ASB Bank Term Fund - 9 months 3.60    3.75    3.92
BNZ Term PIE - 120 days 3.00    -    -
BNZ Term PIE - 150 days 3.30    3.38    3.53
BNZ Term PIE - 5 years 3.70    3.86    4.04
BNZ Term PIE - 2 years 3.75    3.91    4.09
BNZ Term PIE - 18 months 3.50    3.65    3.81
BNZ Term PIE - 12 months 3.25    3.38    3.53
BNZ Term PIE - 9 months 3.60    3.75    3.92
BNZ Term PIE - 6 months 3.15    3.28    3.42
BNZ Term PIE - 90 days 2.75    2.82    2.95
Co-operative Bank PIE Term Fund - 6 months 3.40    -    -
Heartland Bank Term Deposit PIE - 12 months 3.40    3.53    3.69
Heartland Bank Term Deposit PIE - 6 months 3.30    3.43    3.58
Heartland Bank Term Deposit PIE - 9 months 3.70    3.85    4.02
Heartland Bank Term Deposit PIE - 18 months 3.30    -    -
Heartland Bank Term Deposit PIE - 2 years 3.30    3.43    3.58
Heartland Bank Term Deposit PIE - 5 years 3.70    3.85    4.02
Kiwibank Term Deposit Fund - 150 days 3.20    3.29    3.44
RaboDirect Term Advantage Fund - 12 months 3.40    3.50    3.65
RaboDirect Term Advantage Fund - 6 months 3.50    3.60    3.76
RaboDirect Term Advantage Fund - 90 days 2.85    2.93    3.06
Westpac Term PIE Fund - 150 days 2.80    2.88    3.00
Westpac Term PIE Fund - 120 days 3.30    3.38    3.53
Westpac Term PIE Fund - 18 months 3.20    3.29    3.43
Westpac Term PIE Fund - 12 months 3.40    3.49    3.65
Westpac Term PIE Fund - 6 months 3.35    3.44    3.60
Westpac Term PIE Fund - 9 months 3.10    3.17    3.32
Westpac Term PIE Fund - 90 days 2.50    2.56    2.67
Westpac Term PIE Fund - 2 years 3.70    3.79    3.96
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