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NZ shares gain; index reweighting drives heavy trading in Kiwi, Kathmandu

New Zealand shares rose in heavy trading as Kiwi Property Group and Kathmandu Holding gained on strong volumes, with the quarterly index reweighting driving traffic.

Friday, September 20th, 6:09PM

The S&P/NZX 50 Index increased 28.34 points, or 0.3 percent, to 10,829.39. Within the index, 34 stocks rose, 11 fell, and five were unchanged. Turnover was $282.9 million, with 17 stocks trading on volumes of more than a million shares.

The benchmark index ended the week marginally lower, down 0.3 percent, as investors weighed up the impacts of geopolitical uncertainty, ranging from a spike in ...MORE»

[The Wrap] What's worse? Commissions on insurance or cashbacks for home loans

Friday, September 20th, 4:15PM

Commissions are the hot topic which we just can't get away from. This week we ponder the latest appointment to the FMA board along with some questions around what regulators really want.

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Strong response expected to KiwiSaver default review: Govt

Friday, September 20th, 6:00AM

Government officials expected the discussion paper proposing reform of the KiwiSaver default fund arrangement would provoke "full and rigorous debate", a cabinet paper reveals.

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Advisers directing clients to DIY: Hatch

Advisers are directing clients to digital platforms to carry out their investment plans, the general manager of Hatch, Kristen Lunman, says.

Thursday, September 19th, 6:00AM  3 comments

Hatch is a digital investment platform that allows New Zealanders to invest in US shares and exchange-traded funds.

Lunman said it had been noticeable in the past couple of months that a group of advisers were charging clients a fee to draw up plans for them, and then directing them to Hatch to make the investments themselves.

“We get a lot saying they’ve been referred by a financial ...MORE»

ASB adds impact to its fund range

Wednesday, September 18th, 9:13AM

ASB has added two new funds to its stable of investment options – the ASB KiwiSaver Scheme Positive Impact Fund and the ASB Investment Funds Positive Impact Fund. Both will have a focus on investing in companies that are making a positive impact on society or the environment.

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Commission structure may need Govt intervention: FMA

Wednesday, September 18th, 6:00AM  13 comments

An insurance industry reluctant to move on high upfront commissions may find the Government does it for it, the Financial Markets Authority says.

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Friday, September 20th, 8:35AM

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Advisers feeling overwhelmed by change and scrutiny, group says

Thursday, September 19th, 11:11AM  1 comment

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OCR Preview: economists predict no change

Friday, September 20th, 9:26AM  1 comment

Economists believe the Reserve Bank will hold fire on making further cuts to the Official Cash Rate next week, with a further cut more likely in November. MORE»

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Partners creates new role for claims

Sunday, September 22nd, 11:49AM

Partners Life has a newly created Chief Claims Officer role which has been filled by a former AIA staffer. MORE»

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FSC KiwiSaver overhaul: Boost access to advice

Wednesday, September 11th, 6:00AM

Financial advice could be provided free or at a discount to SuperGold cardholders, or be made tax-deductible, the Financial Services Council has suggested among its package of recommendations to overhaul KiwiSaver. MORE»

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