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Sovereign sold

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has confirmed it has sold its insurance business in Australia and New Zealand for A$3.8 billion - the sale include Sovereign.

Thursday, September 21st, 10:32AM  8 comments

The sale, to AIA, includes a 20-year deal for CBA to distribute AIA life insurance products in New Zealand and Australia, it has been reported.

The deal is subject to regulatory approvals but is expected to be completed next year.

Sovereign and ASB customers will retain the current benefits of their existing policies.

“This transaction represents the next exciting stage in Sovereign’s evolution ...MORE»

Labour would change Reserve Bank - so what?

Thursday, September 21st, 6:00AM

A change of government this weekend could mean a new direction for the Reserve Bank and another element for investors to understand.


Advisers should speak up for investor unfairness

Wednesday, September 20th, 6:00AM

An adviser says a recent $25 million new shares placement by Turners Automotive Group highlights the importance of advisers to investors as the industry continues to embrace roboadvice.


FANZ versus Financial Advice NZ

A legal stoush is brewing over the use of four little letters, and advisers say those developing the new professional body for the industry may not have thought hard enough about its name.

Tuesday, September 19th, 6:00AM  10 comments

There has been much publicity around the new professional association to represent advisers, Financial Advice NZ, but a new issue has arisen as some industry participants have started to refer to it as FANZ in written and spoken communication.

Funds Administration New Zealand has for some time now been operating under the acronym of FANZ.

Executive director of FANZ, Graham Duston, said he was concerned about the potential that the name could cause confusion and FANZ was “monitoring the situation very closely” ...MORE»

Don’t bank on those dividends

Monday, September 18th, 6:00AM

In its latest investment commentary Castle Point Funds Management works out what is the best time to invest in banks.


Getting to Know: Toni Dodds

Friday, September 15th, 11:00AM

She's Fred's daughter, but don't hold that against Toni Dodds.


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Tuesday, August 1st, 11:19AM

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Clients complain about advisers

Thursday, September 21st, 12:10PM

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FARs - where's the accountability?

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Hobson Wealth announces new hires

Tuesday, September 19th, 7:09PM

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Finance boost for UDC buyer

Monday, July 3rd, 8:34PM

TIP Trailer Services, a subsidiary of HNA Group leading the purchase of UDC from ANZ, has secured new financing arrangements to a total of $2.7 billion for UDC which will be effective when the sale is complete. MORE»


No need to open KiwiSaver to finance companies: AMP

Friday, September 15th, 6:00AM

There should not be a need for finance companies to tap into borrowers’ KiwiSaver accounts when they default on a loan, one provider says. MORE»

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  • Sovereign sold
    “@Murray - I recommended to AIA Senior Management in 1999 that they buy Sovereign. Got nowhere at all. Different times, different...”
    13 minutes ago by dcwhyte
  • Sovereign sold
    “@Mr Slater I don't think so. An Aussie story I saw said the price was 16.9 times 2017-18 pro forma earnings. That story...”
    5 hours ago by Murray Weatherston
  • Sovereign sold
    “It looks like AIA may have now joined the Big End Of Town. Hopefully that isn't a negative thing and they continue to act...”
    6 hours ago by Comprehensive Planner
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    “Large financial institutions are divesting themselves of wealth management capabilities presenting threats and opportunities...”
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    “Murray I hope it wasn't a case of 'buy one get one free'?...”
    7 hours ago by Mr Slater
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