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The great Central Bank unwind

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.

Friday, January 13th, 9:18AM

Little did I know that over the late 1980s and the 1990s, the central banks would rise in prominence to become arguably the dominant influence on financial markets and this trend has probably only strengthened over the last decade or so – central bank governors are now known even within the popular press. However, it now seems likely that the pendulum of popular opinion and market sentiment is likely to turn against these institutions as they face arguably one of their most difficult years since the late 1970s...MORE»

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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Trump: Uncertainty as well as hope

Sunday, December 4th, 6:00AM

International economist Andrew Hunt looks at what US President-elect Donald Trump has promised and how quickly he can make changes to things like Dodd Frank and ObamaCare. In this piece Hunt also looks at what it means for bond markets. 

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Performance fee update – lesson for NZ

Friday, November 25th, 6:51AM

Pathfinder wrote a series of four articles through 2015 on performance fees which were published here on Good Returns.  Off the back of these articles Pathfinder was asked to help Reuters Thomson in Europe with a piece on Italian performance fees.  John Berry believes the findings of that work provide an important lesson for New Zealand financial advisers and the Financial Markets Authority.

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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 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»

KiwiSaver advice sparks complaints

Thursday, October 20th, 6:00AM  1 comment

Thirteen customers have complained about bank KiwiSaver sales and advice processes over the past year, the Banking Ombudsman says. MORE»

KiwiSaver risk reward just 2.1%

Thursday, October 20th, 5:59AM  2 comments

KiwiSaver members in conservative funds have received returns just 2.1% per year less than those who took on extra risk in a growth fund over the past eight years. MORE»

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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 3.35    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 3.70    3.85    4.02
ANZ Term Fund - 5 years 4.10    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 3.00    3.08    3.22
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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