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The Income Conundrum

It is almost 10 years since the beginning of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and most asset prices are now as high, if not higher, than before. Here in New Zealand, you would have to have been living under a rock not to be aware of what has happened to property prices over the last few years, and certainly since 2013. However there is one type of investor that has been left behind, and their plight to a certain degree has...
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A Slice of the S&P500

The Select Sector SPDR Exchange Traded Funds divide the S&P 500 into ten sectors. Select Sector SPDRs let you achieve the security of investing in the well-known, large cap stocks of the S&P 500, with the ability to over-weight or under-weight particular sectors based on your own investment goals and strategies. Technology Select Sector SPDR XLK offers market- cap weighted exposure to the largest U.S. information technology and telecommunications sector stocks. This fund targets technology and telecom stocks in the S&P...
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Marlin - Fees the Catch, Time to Release

Marlin is one of three listed unit trusts managed by Fisher Funds. Marlin offers NZ retail investors managed international equity exposure with a regular income stream. FINANCIALS Since 2012, Marlin has underperformed the benchmark index in three out of five years, which equates to under performance of -1.06% p.a. In addition, Marlin are paying out 2.4x their cash income received from dividends and interest as dividends to unit holders, an unsustainable strategy during times of adverse market movement. Over the past...

How to Get Rich, Slowly.

I am often asked how best to make money and protect capital. Record low interest rates around the world are making it difficult for investors to attain an adequate return from bank deposits. Should you invest in Property, Shares, Cash or Fixed Interest? The short answer is yes, to all of them. Every asset class has their merits, and spreading your risk is the only free lunch you will get on the way to wealth creation. A rudimentary example of how...

Implementing Common Reporting Standard (CRS) and changes to Hamilton Hindin Greene's Terms & Conditions

Globalisation has provided opportunities for offshore tax evasion. In response, the OECD has developed the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters (AEOI) to provide a global framework for the exchange of financial account information about persons that invest outside of their jurisdiction of tax residence. In broad terms, the CRS requires that financial institutions carry out due diligence to review their financial accounts to identify accounts held or controlled by foreign tax...
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Bonus Bonds: The much more Fun Investment, Yeah Right.

Bonus Bonds hold a truly unique place in New Zealand’s investing landscape, like many new Zealanders, I myself have held them (courtesy of a gift of my parents) when I was a child. A Little History…. Bonus Bonds is actually a unit trust founded in 1970 with a reward scheme based on cash prizes. The New Zealand Government launched bonus bonds under the Unit Trusts Act 1960 through the Post Office Savings Bank (which later became PostBank) with the goal...

International Fund Update: Barramundi

Barramundi has long history of appearing in portfolios for retail investors looking for Australian exposure and a very attractive dividend yield. Barramundi is a well-diversified fund made-up of small to medium sized Australian companies, trading on the NZ share market, offering high growth potential to NZ investors. On the surface, the fund represents a favourable opportunity for NZ investors to achieve high dividend returns and diversification outside of NZ. Look below the surface and one question remains, is the dividend...
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Which is better, Residential or Commercial Property Investment?

For many New Zealanders the goal of owning an investment property has been ingrained as one to aspire to. The reality can be quite different. Prices in Christchurch have been largely flat for last three years, sales volumes are falling and the engine room (Auckland) is running out of puff. The recent Loan to Value Ratio (LVR) restrictions put on by the Reserve Bank have seen landlords either being told to deleverage or that they cannot continue to build their property...

Aussie Opportunity Stock: Sonic Healthcare

Sonic Healthcare is the largest private pathology player in the Australian private pathology testing market with 40% share. Scale has been achieved via multiple acquisitions, integrated using a well-established hub-and-spoke operating model, has driven synergy benefits domestically and we believe will support the offshore growth strategy in the U.S. and European markets. Sonic has historically grown via acquisition, both domestic and offshore. With approximately 40% of the domestic market now captured, it is our view that future growth will be...
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Seven Keys to Successful Investing

It requires discipline to stay invested through volatile times and capture the long–term performance of the market. Investor behaviour often deviates from logic and reason, and investors display many biases that influence their investment decision-making. There are seven strategies that can help cut through the noise and emotional biases, and help you to invest more successfully over the long-term. Start Investing as early as possible It’s never too early to start investing. Investing early develops positive habits and teaches important...
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