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First MIS licence granted

Sunday, December 21st, 12:47PM

New investment company New Ground Capital has been granted the first managed investment scheme licence under the FMCA... MORE »

Advice for women savers

Sunday, December 14th, 6:58PM  1 comment

Women are feeling less confident about reaching their retirement savings goals – and with good reason... MORE »

Edison in line for NXT research contract

Tuesday, December 2nd, 5:46PM

NZX has reached agreement in principle with Edison Investment Research to provide research on companies listing on its new exchange, NXT... MORE »

UDC sees small lift in deposits

Tuesday, December 2nd, 5:40PM

ANZ-owned finance company UDC Finance says its net profit after tax rose 20% in the 12 months to September 30, to $51... MORE »

Nikko AUM passes $4b

Tuesday, December 2nd, 1:55PM

New Zealand investors’ appetite for multi-strategy funds, as well as those focused on global bonds and cash, has driven assets under management of Nikko Asset Management New Zealand to exceed $4 billion for the first time... MORE »

LM founder Peter Drake faces legal action

Friday, November 21st, 9:21AM

The Australian regulator, ASIC, has started legal action against LM Investment Management and its founder, former Kiwi, Peter Drake... MORE »

Fidelity up for top award

Monday, November 17th, 6:39PM

Fidelity Life has been named as a finalist in the Company of the Year category of the Deloitte Top 200 Awards... MORE »

Former PIMCO boss gets a big bonus: Report

Monday, November 17th, 6:35PM

PIMCO paid its former chief Investment officer Bill Gross a bonus of about $US290 million (NZ$364m) in 2013, Bloomberg reports... MORE »

SPI directors banned for five years

Tuesday, November 11th, 1:36PM

Former SPI directors agree not to seek investment funds from the public for a five year period... MORE »

NZ Super Fund drops AMP

Monday, November 3rd, 5:53PM

NZ Super Fund has dropped AMP Capital as one of the managers of its investments... MORE »

PGC trading resumes

Monday, November 3rd, 1:48PM

Trading in PGC shares has resumed after its annual report was filed late and tagged by auditors... MORE »

PGC shares suspended

Wednesday, October 29th, 2:30PM

PwC will qualify its audit in relation to the PGC subsidiary Torchlight Group's  stake in the Torchlight Fund... MORE »

Broker jailed

Thursday, October 16th, 11:24AM

An insurance broker has been sentenced in the Auckland District Court today to four years and six months’ imprisonment following a Serious Fraud Office  prosecution... MORE »

SCF verdicts

Tuesday, October 14th, 11:14AM

Verdicts have been handed down by the High Court at Timaru today by His Honour Justice Heath following the conclusion of the South Canterbury Finance Limited  trial... MORE »

Health insurance fraud under the microscope

Thursday, October 2nd, 9:31AM  2 comments

Private health insurers have agreed to establish an integrity register to tackle fraud and undesirable billing practices in health insurance, believed to cost $29 million in claims every year... MORE »

Cash fund open to AFAs

Wednesday, October 1st, 12:03PM

Nikko Asset Management’s Tyndall Cash Fund, which was previously only available to institutional investors, is now available to retail investors via AFAS... MORE »

The impact of climate change on investment strategies

Wednesday, September 24th, 11:02AM

Mercer is undertaking a project to analyse investment risk and return under climate change scenarios... MORE »

Asteron up for three awards

Wednesday, September 24th, 10:04AM

Asteron Life, Fidelity Life and, Sovereign have been named as finalists for the life insurance company of the year, at the ANZIIF insurance industry awards... MORE »

Tyndall takes on new name

Tuesday, September 16th, 6:17AM

Tyndall NZ has decided to take on its parent's name, three years after the relationship started... MORE »

TOWER completes sale of life business

Friday, September 5th, 12:05PM  2 comments

TOWER has completion the sale of its residual life business to Foundation Life... MORE »

SIPOs for fund managers

Sunday, August 31st, 2:58PM

Fund managers now have to develop a Statement of Investment Policy and Objectives (SIPO) for the FMA... MORE »

New financial literacy idea

Tuesday, August 26th, 8:11PM

A new website has been launched to help address financial literacy in the community... MORE »

Magellan moves to cash

Wednesday, August 20th, 4:02PM

Lead portfolio manager Hamish Douglass says cash now sits at about 10% in this and other funds the firm runs... MORE »

FMA takes first ever action against a trustee company

Wednesday, August 20th, 10:26AM  1 comment

The Financial Markets Authority has filed civil proceedings against the trustee for failed finance company Viaduct Capital... MORE »

Tyndall looking at multi-asset products

Tuesday, August 19th, 5:52PM

Tyndall is expected to roll out multi-asset investment strategies in New Zealand following changes at its parent company, Nikko Asset Management... MORE »

Strategic Finance investors about to get first payout

Tuesday, August 12th, 10:59AM

Strategic Finance receivers say the $22 million settlement with Strategic's former directors and auditors has gone unconditional... MORE »

Statement of investor rights

Wednesday, August 6th, 9:00AM  1 comment

I found this the other day, a Statement of Investor Rights, which has been devised by the CFA Institute... MORE »

First crowd funding licences issued

Thursday, July 31st, 9:50AM

PledgeMe and Snowball Effect are the first companies to be licenced to offer equity crowd funding services in New Zealand... MORE »

Fisher nets Marlin performance fee

Monday, July 28th, 2:46PM  1 comment

Listed investment trust, Marlin Global, has paid a performance fee to its manager, Fisher Funds Management, totalling $732,947... MORE »

Entrepreneurs in our ranks

Thursday, July 24th, 7:08PM

Three players from the financial services industry have been named in the 16 finalists competing for the Entrepreneur of the Year title... MORE »

What people are thinking about retirement incomes

Friday, July 4th, 11:59AM  2 comments

Here's a snapshot of interest results from the recent ANZ Retirement Savings Barometer

  • 17% of respondents expected to rely solely on NZ Superannuation (NZS)
  • 29% of women believed they would need more than $500 per week on top of NZS when they retired, compared with 34% of men indicating they wanted to earn this much
  • Despite their lower expectations on future income, 31% of women were confident of reaching their retirement savings goals, compared with 51% of men
  • 50% of respondents said they would consider getting professional advice about KiwiSaver and their retirement savings plan
  • 55% of people nominated banks as their first choice for advice on KiwiSaver or retirement savings... MORE »

Former UK public sector staff urged to think about pension transfer

Monday, June 30th, 3:45PM  2 comments

Former UK public sector staff who are now New Zealand residents need to make a decision on whether they transfer this pension scehme... MORE »

FIF deemed rate of return set

Thursday, June 26th, 1:47PM

The deemed rate of return for taxing foreign investment fund (FIF) interests has been set at 7... MORE »

AMP pays out rest of frozen fund principal

Wednesday, June 25th, 9:54AM

AMP has made the final remaining payment of $19... MORE »

Investors grow General Finance

Friday, June 20th, 5:12PM

Small finance company General Finance says it is currently experiencing a strong demand from those looking to place deposits at higher than bank yields... MORE »

Heartland turning around HER business

Wednesday, June 18th, 5:38PM

Heartland is expecting to turn around its recently acquired home equity release business sooner than expected... MORE »

Ross seeks early withdrawal

Thursday, June 12th, 10:19PM

Ponzi-scheme operator David Ross, this week, appealed his minimum non-parole period in jail... MORE »

FACTA a fact

Thursday, June 12th, 5:09PM

New Zealand has signed an inter-governmental-agreement (IGA) with the US government which allows the sharing of tax information and is part of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)... MORE »

Devon goes direct

Thursday, June 12th, 4:50PM

Devon Funds Management has made two of its funds available to retail investors through the RaboDirect’s online managed funds platform... MORE »

NZACU name change

Thursday, June 5th, 6:32PM

The industry association representing co-operatively owned credit unions and building societies, the New Zealand Association of Credit Unions (NZACU) is to change its name to Co-op Money NZ from mid-July... MORE »

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Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
AMP Home Loans 7.24 5.69 6.19 6.55
AMP Home Loans $200k+ 7.14 5.59 6.09 6.45
AMP Home Loans LVR <80% - - 5.75 6.09
ANZ 6.74 6.09 ▼6.09 6.39
ANZ Special - 5.59 ▼5.55 5.99
ASB Bank 6.75 5.99 ▼6.09 6.39
ASB Bank Special - 5.59 ▼5.55 5.59
BankDirect 6.75 5.99 ▼6.09 6.39
BankDirect Special - 5.59 ▼5.55 5.59
BNZ - Classic - 5.69 5.75 5.59
BNZ - GlobalPlus 6.74 5.89 6.19 6.29
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
BNZ - Mortgage One 7.15 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 6.74 - - -
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 6.74 5.89 6.19 6.29
BNZ - TotalMoney 6.74 - - -
Credit Union Auckland 6.70 - - -
Credit Union Baywide 6.45 6.05 6.20 -
Credit Union North 6.45 - - -
Credit Union South 5.75 - - -
eMortgage 6.04 6.15 6.69 7.19
Finance Direct 6.10 6.45 6.69 7.10
First Credit Union 6.45 - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
General Finance 5.95 6.25 6.50 7.10
HBS Bank 6.65 5.69 5.74 5.99
HBS Special - 5.59 5.49 5.69
Heartland 6.70 7.00 7.25 7.85
Heretaunga Building Society 6.70 6.00 6.30 -
Housing NZ Corp 6.74 5.70 6.09 6.29
HSBC Premier 6.84 5.45 5.65 ▼5.79
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
HSBC Special - - - -
ICBC 6.75 5.99 6.39 -
Kiwibank 6.65 5.69 6.09 6.29
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Kiwibank - Capped - - - -
Kiwibank - Offset 6.55 - - -
Kiwibank LVR > 80% - - 5.55 5.89
Liberty - - - -
Napier Building Society 5.80 6.00 6.70 -
Nelson Building Society 6.95 6.15 6.60 -
NZ Home Loans 6.85 6.09 6.40 6.65
Perpetual Trust 7.70 - - -
Resimac 6.59 ▼6.03 ▼6.10 ▼6.19
SBS Bank 6.65 5.69 5.74 5.99
SBS Bank Special - 5.59 5.49 5.69
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Silver Fern 5.95 6.10 6.55 7.05
Sovereign 6.85 5.99 6.19 6.39
Sovereign Special - 5.59 5.75 5.59
The Co-operative Bank 6.70 ▼5.59 ▼5.59 ▼5.74
TSB Bank 6.74 5.95 6.19 6.30
TSB Special - - 5.79 -
Wairarapa Building Society 6.20 5.75 5.95 -
Westpac 6.59 6.09 6.39 6.65
Westpac - Capped rates - 6.74 6.99 -
Westpac - Offset 6.59 - - -
Westpac Special - - - 5.99
Median 6.70 5.95 6.09 6.29

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