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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Hamilton Hindin Greene

Directors and Staff at Hamilton Hindin Greene Limited wish all our clients a safe and happy Christmas and New Year
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Congratulations - Paula

We are pleased to announce that Paula Reay is pregnant and will be leaving Hamilton Hindin Greene in February 2016 to focus on the birth of her first child. Paula will be on maternity leave for 12 months and HHG wishes Paula, Craig and the baby all the best for the future.
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Interest rates

The story on declining interest rates continues, with the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) having cut the Official Cash Rate (OCR) for the fourth time this year. What does this mean for everyday investors? When the OCR is cut, Banks are expected to reduce their lending rates with a corresponding decrease in deposit rates. Interest bearing deposit rates fall, income derived from financial institutions falls, and the share market receives a healthy boost. There are two main reasons the share...
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Coats Group (formerly GPG) is Preparing to delist from the NZX

New Zealand Stock Update Market price: $0.55 Company: Coats Group Sector: Textile Manufacturing Recommendation: Contact your adviser Overview: Coats Group is the last remnant of Sir Ron Brierley’s Guinness Peat Group. Many Kiwi investors should now be checking those bottom drawers as Coats Group is currently preparing to delist from the NZX and will only be tradable on the London Stock Exchange. Pros: Coats Group is a UK based thread maker with history dating back to the 1750’s. The company employs...
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Australian Banks - Last of the Golden Weather?

Australian Banks – Last of the Golden Weather? There has been much debate over the past 12-18 months over the Tasman regarding the outlook for the Australian banking oligopoly of ANZ, Commonwealth Bank of Australia (who owns ASB Bank in NZ), National Australia Bank (who owns BNZ), and Westpac. The main issue has been the Australian regulators, namely the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA), and the Reserve Bank here in New Zealand, requiring the major banks to hold significantly more tier...
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Is India the New China?

Is India the New China? As the Indian central bank Governor Raghuram Rajan reviewed Indian interest rates for the final time this year it has become clear that India’s economy grew faster than anyone estimated and significantly its growth rate has now overtaken China. Gross domestic product rose 7.4 percent in July-September from a year earlier, after a 7 percent expansion the previous quarter, the Central Statistics Office said in a statement in New Delhi on Monday. The median of 44...
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New Zealand Market Outlook - Core Stocks

New Zealand Market Outlook - Core Stocks Pockets of value emerge in an otherwise fairly valued market. In aggregate, stocks in New Zealand were trading in line with our fair value estimates with the price-to-fair-value ratio of 0.96 at September quarter's end. The economic outlook remains mixed, though higher inflation in the near term is likely. Construction activity is strong and manufacturing is holding its own. The dairy industry remains under pressure, though the worst could be over. Auckland housing prices...
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Economic commentary

Markets were relatively subdued over November and into December with the exception of a short lived dip due to the events in Paris. The New Zealand share market rose alongside global markets, retuning 1.9% over the month. Global bonds were influenced by the rhetoric and expectations of central banks around the world in their respective markets. The rebound of the New Zealand dollar during October was short lived as November saw the NZD down against most of the major currencies. Expectations...
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UK Pension transfer Update from Henderson International

There have been some further developments from the HMRC regarding pension transfers from UK Defined Benefit or Final Salary Schemes to Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (ROPS). With effect from 6th April 2015 it is a requirement to take impartial financial advice before going ahead with a transfer of defined benefits to a defined contribution arrangement if the value of your benefits is more than 30,000.00 GBPs. You will need to sign off that you have taken appropriate independent advice from...
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The Dairy Sector and the NZ Economy

The average traded price on the Global Dairy Trade Auction has risen a cumulative 41% at the last three GDT auctions, with whole milk powder prices back to a touch below US$2,500/tonne. A remarkable turnaround. GDT AUCTION VS MILK PRICE FORECAST Source: ANZ, GlobalDairyTrade, Bloomberg On this recovery in dairy prices, there are four immediate considerations. GDP is a lagging indicator while commodity prices are a leading one; this reinforces the point made above. The terms of trade and importantly dairy...
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