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Rise in Scams Impersonating NZ Business During Covid-19

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has reported a steep rise in the number of investment scams attempting to impersonate legitimate New Zealand businesses since the emergence of COVID-19. The regulator is warning New Zealanders to be on the lookout for signs of such scams, which could include overseas phone numbers or addresses being mixed up with New Zealand contact details, or the website domain name not matching the content of the website. Other red flags might be the promise of high...
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Jargon Buster - Share/Stock Split

A share split is a decision made by a company’s directors to increase the number of shares that are outstanding by issuing more shares (for free) to current shareholders. For example, in a “2-for-1” share split, an additional share is given for each existing share an investor holds, resulting them in having twice as many shares as they did before. This term has been in the news recently as Tesla (5-for-1), Apple (4-for-1) and Pushpay (4-for-1) have all completed or announced...
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The Death of Term Deposits

This year has been an interesting year to say the least, or as the Queen once said ‘Annus horribilis’, meaning ‘A terrible year’. The pandemic has sadly taken over $1.4 million lives at the time of writing. COVID-19 has also claimed another unlikely victim, the humble term deposit. Investors are leaving term deposits in droves. Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) data shows the amount invested in term deposits has fallen by $17.58 billion NZD year on year. This equates to...
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Fund of the Year - Listed Equity: Impax Environmental Markets

A strong year for the sustainability focused investment trust Impax Environmental Markets (IEM), saw its market capitalisation grow to over £1.1 Bn., which resulted in it earning its first FTSE 250 listing in March this year. Launched in 2002, IEM’s outlook ensures that all companies in its portfolio must generate 50%, or more, of their revenues from the energy efficiency, renewable energy, water, waste or sustainable food markets. By the end of May 29 out of 62 of the holdings...
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Alphabet - The Sum of it's Parts

People don’t visa their lunch. They pay for it with a credit card. Teenagers don’t McDonald a hamburger. They eat one. Someone doesn’t Coca-Cola a drink. Nobody says let’s Apple somebody. Parents don’t tell their kids to Colgate their teeth. Yet people Hoover a room, Uber home and Photoshop. And, of course, everybody Googles. The morphing of a brand name into a verb is a rare feat achieved only by a product highly valued, widely used and dominant within its...
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2020 - A Year In Review

The year started with Australia burning, and a mere trifle involving the US assassination of a top Iranian general on Iraqi soil. The protests, and Iranian retaliation, that followed had some pundits worried about the prospects of (more) war in the Middle East. Oil prices jumped to reflect the tension, peaking at over $70 a barrel in the days that followed. It was not long before oil prices made a sharp about face, astonishingly falling to negative $37.63 a barrel in...
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Biden Versus Trump

Some speculate that the future of the republic hinges on the outcome of the next election. But for smart investors it doesn't really matter who wins. Conventional wisdom says that those liberal Dems are generally bad for the economy and the stock market because of their big government tendencies, while fiscally conservative Republicans are good. This widely accepted belief is actually fake news if you look at data going back to the end of World War II. “Stock markets do perform...

HHG's Preferred New Zealand and Australian Equities

The stocks listed below have varying advantages and will suit different investment objectives. They have one common trait in that they have all been selected with a long-term focus. Contact Energy has a narrow economic moat, which reflects the oligopolistic structure of New Zealand’s electricity market. The firm generates a fourth of the country’s electricity and supplies power to more than 400,000 residential customers. Being a net generator, Contact Energy benefits from high spot prices. These typically occur during a dry...

Defend and diversify with Bonds

Why bonds are critical in any portfolio COVID-19 has had many ramifications, including an increase in the number and size of the government’s debt programmes. While these programmes assist people and businesses that are struggling, they also need to be funded – and this is where bonds come in. Bonds are the way governments raise money. In the current environment, there’s strong demand for them – especially for the A-rated bonds – and for very good reasons. For example Government bonds...

Why Are Interest Rates So Low?

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is an internal committee of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) and is responsible for formulating monetary policy in New Zealand, directed towards the economic objectives of achieving and maintaining stability in the general level of prices over the medium term, and supporting maximum sustainable employment. The global economic disruption caused by the spread of COVID-19 has been catastrophic, but the effects on the developed worlds’ share markets have largely been mitigated by the...
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