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HEADLINES... Markets: Risk off tone prevails sending equities, commodities and bond yields lower as data fails to quell slow down worries, nervousness about Greece continues. USA: GDP revised up 0.1pps to 1.9% saar in Q1, at mkt.

Kiwis Need to Take Control of our Forest and Wood Products Industry

Kiwis Need to Take Control of our Forest and Wood Products Industry
While log exports are booming at the demise of locally produced wood products, a forest industry leader calls for New Zealand to take control of our forest and wood products industry.

Recovery in Investor Confidence stalled

Recovery in Investor Confidence stalled
The February Christchurch Earthquake has had a significant impact on investor confidence, according to the latest ASB Investor Confidence Survey.

Labour welcomes Retirement Commission announcement

Labour welcomes Retirement Commission announcement
Labour welcomes the shift in emphasis signalled by the decision to transfer the Retirement Commissioner from the Social Development portfolio to the Commerce portfolio, says Labour's Commerce spokesperson Lianne Dalziel.

Financial Markets Authority aims to restore investor confidence

Financial Markets Authority aims to restore investor confidence
Restoring investor confidence in New Zealand's financial markets is the major goal of the new Financial Markets Authority which was formally established today.

New financial markets watchdog opens for business

The Financial Markets Authority officially opened for business today, almost a year to the day after Commerce Minister Simon Power announced its formation.

English: Maintaining confidence in the financial system

English: Maintaining confidence in the financial system
The Government is considering options for maintaining confidence in the financial system when the Retail Deposit Guarantee Scheme expires at the end of this year, Finance Minister Bill English says.

Power: Financial Markets Authority legislation on track

Power: Financial Markets Authority legislation on track
Commerce Minister Simon Power today welcomed the report-back by the Commerce Select Committee on legislation to establish the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) and to improve governance of KiwiSaver schemes.

Overseas Investment Office approves 27 applications in Dec

Overseas Investment Office approves 27 applications in Dec
The Overseas Investment Office approved 27 investments in December with a net investment value, or total dollar value invested in New Zealand, of $445.89 million. This took total of approvals for 2010 to 123, which was down from the 158 in 2009.

Gains for NZX from privatisations modest, Treasury

Gains for NZX from privatisations modest, Treasury
The listing of state-owned assets will not be a big bonanza for the local market, according to a Treasury report released today.

NZSA argues for clear regulation of financial markets

NZSA argues for clear regulation of financial markets
Clear and concise regulation with appropriate powers of investigation and sanction is an advantage both to NZX and New Zealand, the New Zealand Shareholders' Association said.

NZ Super Fund reverses loss on global equities rally

NZ Super Fund reverses loss on global equities rally
A large rally in global equity markets helped boost the New Zealand Superannuation Fund's performance last month, reversing August's loss with a gain of $990 million.

NZ equities now seen as undervalued

NZ equities now seen as undervalued
New Zealand equities have been revalued by the country's key investment managers, according to the latest New Zealand investment manager outlook by US-based fund manager and investment advisor Russell Investments.

Are Your Finances Earthquake Proof?

Are Your Finances Earthquake Proof?
The tragedy in Christchurch this week got me thinking about how ‘earthquake proof’ peoples finances are. It brings to mind a cartoon that I saw many years ago that stuck in my mind. “New Zealanders can retire quite comfortably today…..until 2pm tomorrow”.

Poll-Driven foreign investment limits would hurt NZ - NZIER

Poll-Driven foreign investment limits would hurt NZ - NZIER
Wellington, Aug 10 NZPA - The "feel-good" factor if New Zealand limited foreign investment would probably not be enough to outweigh the inevitable "feel-bad" consequences of a lower standard of living, the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) says.

Socially responsible investment options seen as limited

Socially responsible investment options seen as limited
Wellington, July 23 NZPA - Opportunities for investing in socially responsible funds are limited, a Council for Socially Responsible Investment (CSRI) conference in Auckland was told.

At least $15m thought to be missing in firm's collapse

At least $15m thought to be missing in firm's collapse
Wellington, March 12 NZPA - Investigators looking into the collapse of an Auckland financial advisory firm believe at least $15 million is missing. They have widened their investigation to include other businesses linked to Remuera couple Mike and Jackie Bradley.

Ban Commissioned Advisers - Fast Track Kiwisaver Regulation

Ban Commissioned Advisers - Fast Track Kiwisaver Regulation
Consumer New Zealand's recent analysis of financial advisors is further evidence that commissioned salespeople must be prevented from providing financial advice, according to investment manager and commentator Dr Gareth Morgan.

Half NZ Leading Portfolio Managers See Shares Fairly Valued

Half NZ Leading Portfolio Managers See Shares Fairly Valued
Wellington, Oct 2 NZPA - Half of leading portfolio managers think New Zealand shares are fairly valued, up from 25 percent in the June quarter and none the quarter before that, survey results show.

Whitehead Calls For Change, Including Property Investment Tax

Whitehead Calls For Change, Including Property Investment Tax
Wellington, June 3 NZPA - Treasury Secretary John Whitehead today risked the wrath of property investors by suggesting New Zealand address the long standing issue of taxing capital gains from property investment.

New Investment Fund Targets NZ Start-Ups

New Investment Fund Targets NZ Start-Ups
Wellington, Nov 17 NZPA - A new $5 million "angel" investment fund is targeting new investors and will increase the capital available to seed and start-up companies, says the Crown-owned New Zealand Venture Investment Fund (NZVIF).

Parliament Passes Commerce Amendment Bill

Parliament Passes Commerce Amendment Bill
Parliament has passed legislation which Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel says is "excellent news" for the growth and improvement of infrastructure businesses that are natural monopolies.

Law Covering Regulation Of Finance Companies Passed

Finance companies, building societies, credit unions and other deposit takers will be required to obtain credit ratings and meet tougher prudential requirements as a result of legislation enacted today, Finance Minister Michael Cullen says.

Greens Want Foreigners Banned From Buying NZ Property

Greens Want Foreigners Banned From Buying NZ Property
Reports that overseas speculators are shutting first home buyers out of the market should spur the Government to ban foreigners owning land in New Zealand, Greens co-leader Russel Norman said today.

Spread Your Risks And Do Nothing Rash, Investors Told

Wellington, July 30 NZPA - As the troubled financial industry takes another hit, investors are being reminded to spread their risks and advised against doing anything rash.

NZ Investor Confidence Rallies Despite Bleak Outlook

Wellington, July 15 NZPA - Investor confidence in New Zealand rallied over the previous quarter despite investors predicting inflation and the economy would continue to deteriorate over the next three months.

NZ New Dwelling Consent Numbers Trumble In March

Wellington, April 30 NZPA - Building consent numbers tumbled by nearly a third last month compared to March 2007, figures published today by Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) show.

Asia Pacific Investor Confidence Drops

Wellington, April 15 NZPA - The global credit crunch and sub-prime crisis in the United States saw investor confidence decline in the Asia Pacific region in the first quarter of 2008, according to an ING investor survey.

Govt Urged To Reconsider Timing Of Emissions Scheme

The Government is being urged to reconsider the timing of its emissions trading scheme as the world economy comes under increasing stress. Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard has warned that the scheme will add to inflationary pressures in this country next year.

Infratil To Proceed With Contentious Airport Design

Wellington airport owner Infratil acknowledges it got good and bad feedback on its "Rock" terminal design but said construction will begin soon regardless.

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