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The future of insurance in the digital world

1 September 2016

Is the New Zealand insurance industry keeping up with the fast-paced digital world? With modern Kiwi consumers wanting a more interactive and transparent experience, are insurers and brokers able to utilise new technologies to meet consumer expectations and improve their customer service, reputation, actuarial ability, and profit margins? More>

Super gender gap reaches 80%

1 September 2016

Australian men are retiring with 80 per cent more in superannuation savings than women, says Industry Super Australia. More>

Resigned FSC members rejoin

31 August 2016

High profile members rejoin Financial Services Council. Chairman Rob Flannagan said things were moving in a positive direction for the group and it was keeping a focus on the future. More>

Lessons from unconventional monetary policy for New Zealand

31 August 2016

Over the weekend, central bankers from around the world met at Jackson Hole in Wyoming to discuss unconventional monetary policy and lessons for the future. Closer to home, the RBNZ has itself moved closer to unchartered territory, cutting the OCR to an all-time low of 2.00% in August, projecting further reductions, and publishing two scenarios that would push the OCR to around 1.00%. More> 

'Property a better bet than pensions', says Bank of England chief economist

31 August 2016

Property is a better option for funding retirement than a pension, the Bank of England's chief economist has claimed. Andy Haldane made the comment despite having a gold-plated guaranteed pension which will pay him nearly £84,000 (NZD$152,400) a year.  More> 

Associations swerve Money Week

31 August 2016

In previous years, the Institute of Financial Advisers has offered a free financial advice line during the week organised by the Commission for Financial Capability. More>

NZ Herald opinion: KiwiSaver fee impact worth a vigilant eye

31 August 2016

In the year ending March 31, 2016, funds charged fees of $357 million. An investigation found total annual fees jumped by 16 per cent in 12 months. More>

Since when did retirement become a dirty word?

30 August 2016

With all the stories about baby boomers rejecting retirement and embracing encore careers - and there are many - we sometimes forget that there are people who really can't wait to retire. More> 

Brian Easton examines the tax incentive mess we have got into with our housing policy

29 August 2016

While housing obviously fills a need – people need somewhere to live – it also has an investment aspect. How this investment is treated by the tax system influences the housing market, and the investment available for other purposes, such as business ventures. More>

Tax and the land bankers

29 August 2016

Bernard Hickey argues a land tax and/or targeted rates would change the expectations of unending tax-free capital gains with low holding costs that is driving a frenzy of land-banking in Auckland. More>