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New Zealand Peripheral Stock: a2 Milk Company

STOCKS RECENTLY ADDED TO HAMILTON HINDIN GREENE’S INVESTMENT COMMITTEE AS PERIPHERAL EQUITIES: a2 Milk Company Peripheral equities are designed to be supplementary to your core stocks. As such, it is recommended to have a maximum allocation of 5% of your investable wealth in any peripheral equity. SHARE PRICE: $11.90 NZD MARKET CAP : $8.73 BILLION OVERVIEW ATM is a vertically integrated and multinational manufacturer of a2™ branded milk, infant formula and other value-added dairy products that it processes, packs and...
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How hard is it to time the market?

In the years since the Global Financial Crisis, the world economy has experienced a significant period of expansion, driven in part by a wave of stimulus from major central banks. As this stimulus is gradually removed and we reach record territory for the length of the economic expansion, at least in the US, it’s hard to argue that the cycle is not maturing. A key question we hear posed more and more frequently is whether investors should be significantly adjusting their...
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UK Pension Schemes: Regulator tells schemes to consider cutting pension transfer values

UK Pension schemes are being warned they may be being too generous when offering cash lump sums to people considering transferring out of their gold-plated deals. A letter sent by the Pensions Regulator to defined benefit (DB) pension schemes suggests that trustees think about whether they should cut the amounts on offer for workers leaving the pension scheme. DB schemes are often described as gold-plated because they promise people a certain level of income when they retire, such as final salary...
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How to read a company annual report

Every year any company that has issued shares to retail investors must prepare and publish an annual report. Since annual reports generally follow a standard order, it can be straightforward to review them once you are used to knowing what to look for. In particular, there are some key things to think about when trying to understand the company’s financial performance. 4 THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN READING THE COMMENTARY Annual reports typically start with commentary from the Chief Executive and...
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What caused the Cryptocurrencies to crash?

Cryptocurrencies have dropped a long way since late 2017 and early 2018. The so-called “alt-coin” market is sitting at a yearly low of $US187 billion. While that sounds like a lot of value, this amounts to a total of $US642b that has disappeared since its all-time high of $US829.96b in January this year. Almost all cryptocurrencies – Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple – are shedding billions in value from their market cap. Ethereum, one of the best-performing versions during last year’s...
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UK academics set to pay more into pension fund to plug gap

Academics face paying more to plug £8.4bn pension fund gap Contributions need to rise by nearly 4 percentage points, warns scheme’s provider. Members of the UK’s largest pension scheme will need to increase their contributions by nearly 4 percentage points to help plug its £8.4bn accounting deficit, unless they can come to an agreement with their employers, the Universities Superannuation Scheme warned this week. USS, which provides pensions for academics, said that if academics and universities did not strike a deal...

Abano Healthcare Approved by HHG Investment Committee as Peripheral Stock

Abano were recently approved by the Hamilton Hindin Greene Investment Committee for inclusion in portfolios as a peripheral stock (please discuss the appropriateness with your adviser). Their inclusion was on the back of another positive result on the 25th of July. They’ve shown consistent growth over the past 6 years, still have opportunities in a relatively fragmented market, have a strong balance sheet, and are trading at attractive fundamentals (16.5x earnings). The two analysts who cover the company are keen on...

Market Wrap with Grant Davies - NZX50 Index Closes Over 9000. Orion Healthcare & a2 Milk and Ebos

The NZX achieved a significant milestone today, closing above 9000 points for the first time. We also saw Orion Healthcare jump 34% after shoring up their balance sheet. Ebos continued their upward trajectory after increasing their revenue by $1b. Synlait and a2 announced a new 5 year agreement.
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Introducing Jeremy Simpson

We would like to introduce a new member to our adviser team. Jeremy Simpson has joined us after 8 years working as a Pensions Specialist for a large New Zealand financial planning firm. Jeremy has extensive expertise in the UK pension transfer market, having spent 4 years working in London for a UK pension provider. Jeremy moved to New Zealand in 1999 with his wife Dawn and now four children. They previously lived in Mount Pleasant until the earthquakes forced...
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Listed Managed Fund Update

INTERNATIONAL EQUITY INVESTMENTS The UK Listed trusts manage diversified international share portfolios and reliant on the managers ability to navigate the global financial markets. These investments are listed on the London Stock Exchange denominated in Sterling. Below is a brief summary of the favoured investments trusts. Bankers Investment Trust provides a one-stop shop for global equity exposure. Its legacy was strongly UK-centric, but during current managers tenure more than 60% of the fund is now invested overseas. There is a...
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