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Paul Baldwin Appointed Chief Executive Officer of Amadeus Asset Administration

Independent funds administrator, Amadeus Asset Administration 'Amadeus', developed over the past 20 years to service a range of institutional and private clients throughout New Zealand, has today announced the appointment of Mr Paul Baldwin as its chief executive officer.

Hipkins: National's austerity just a 'paint job'

Hipkins: National's austerity just a 'paint job'
The National Government reeks of hypocrisy calling on Kiwis to tighten their belts and get used to living without 'nice to haves' while spending hundreds of thousands of dollars flashing up ministerial houses, splashing out on brand new BMWs, and jetting around the world in military planes, says

KiwiSaver cuts will further tighten noose on government departments

KiwiSaver cuts will further tighten noose on government departments
Changes to the way public servants' contributions are paid to KiwiSaver could further squeeze departmental budgets and impact on services says the PSA.

Cunliffe: National on savings: Rhetoric versus reality

National's rhetoric is not matched by the reality of continuing cuts to KiwiSaver, says Labour's Finance spokesperson David Cunliffe.

CTU: Is Government committed to KiwiSaver or Not?

CTU: Is Government committed to KiwiSaver or Not?
The CTU believes the Government has to clarify its commitment to KiwiSaver. Previously this Government cut the level of matching employer contributions and government subsidy from 4 percent back to 2 percent and now there is an implied threat that the Budget will cut the scheme even further.

Building trust in financial markets - Workplace Savings NZ

Building trust in financial markets - Workplace Savings NZ
The Government has a golden opportunity in this year's Budget on 19 May to continue to build trust in New Zealand's financial markets by not tinkering with KiwiSaver benefits. That's the view of Workplace Savings NZ, the voice of workplace savings.

Experienced Expat Returns to Fisher Funds

Experienced Expat Returns to Fisher Funds
Leading fund manager Fisher Funds has announced the appointment of David McLeish to run its fixed interest investment portfolios.

Retail Net Funds Flow doubled in the year to March 2011

Retail Net Funds Flow doubled in the year to March 2011
In the March 2011 quarter net fund flows into retail managed funds were positive at $821 million compared to a positive $928 million inflow in the previous quarter.

Hardship Issues Keep Banking Ombudsman's Caseload High

Hardship Issues Keep Banking Ombudsman's Caseload High
Banking Ombudsman Deborah Battell says that consumer hardship is keeping complaints to her office at record high numbers, and she expects little change given the effect of the Canterbury earthquake on Christchurch residents and the wider economy.

Ensuring Consumer Confidence In The Financial Sector

Ensuring Consumer Confidence In The Financial Sector
Yesterday was the deadline for financial advisers to join a free dispute resolution scheme, meaning that consumers and small businesses can get independent assistance if they have a dispute with a financial service provider, Minister of Consumer Affairs John Boscawen said today.

Fisher Funds Purchases Huljich Kiwisaver

Fisher Funds Purchases Huljich Kiwisaver
In a significant development for the KiwiSaver sector, Fisher Funds today announced its plans to purchase the Huljich KiwiSaver business.

Goff: National softens country for further broken promises

Goff: National softens country for further broken promises
National is in the process of softening the electorate for further broken election promises, says Labour Leader Phil Goff. "Working for Families is now under attack, despite repeated promises by John Key and Bill English that no cuts would be made to it.

Financial Markets Authority legislation on track

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.

KiwiSaver membership growth analysis from TOWER Investments

KiwiSaver membership growth analysis from TOWER Investments
KiwiSaver contribution holidays on the rise Default KiwiSaver provider TOWER Investments has released its monthly analysis of the IRD's KiwiSaver member count for the month of February, 2011.

Slash and burn not the solution to economic recovery in Canterbury

Slash and burn not the solution to economic recovery in Canterbury
New Zealand is in a good position to carry the economic cost of the devastation caused by the Christchurch earthquake and there is no need for a slash and burn exercise, says Labour Leader Phil Goff.

New Zealand needs to save more - English

New Zealand needs to save more - English
The Government's cash deficit is heading towards a record $15.6 billion and there is no room from complacency, Finance Minister Bill English says.

Strong finish to 2010 for KiwiSaver funds, says Mercer

Strong finish to 2010 for KiwiSaver funds, says Mercer
KiwiSaver funds finished 2010 strongly, investment services and consulting firm Mercer says.

Term deposits are most popular investment choice, survey

Term deposits are most popular investment choice, survey
Only 6 percent of investors think shares offer the best rate of return, while rental property is still a popular investment class, according to a survey by ASB.

Urgent action needed over savings: report

Urgent action needed over savings: report
Automatically enrolling all workers in KiwiSaver and raising GST are among recommendations in the Savings Working Group's final report released today. The Government is considering the recommendations but has ruled out the GST hike.

Urgent action needed over savings: report

Urgent action needed over savings: report
Automatically enrolling all workers in KiwiSaver, and higher GST are among recommendations in the Savings Working Group's final report released today.

Savings Working Group urgues action on savings

Savings Working Group urgues action on savings
Wellington, Dec 16 NZPA - The Savings Working Group says in an interim report there is an urgent need for both the government and household sectors to lift productivity and national savings.

Opposition parties blame Govt for deficit

Opposition parties blame Govt for deficit
Wellington, Dec 14 NZPA - Labour accused the Government mismanaging the economy and the ACT Party said it was gutless as political parties reacted today to the announcement that the budget deficit was forecast to reach $15.6 billion in June next year.

Nats and Labour hold fast on pension age

Nats and Labour hold fast on pension age
Wellington, Dec 8 NZPA - National and Labour are ruling out raising the pension age despite a report from the Retirement Commission which warns that to keep National Superannuation affordable it should increase to 67 by 2033.

Labour to target middle income families

Labour to target middle income families
Wellington, Dec 6 NZPA - Labour is promising to help the middle class which it says is being squeezed under National.

Savings Group warns NZ economy vulnerable

Savings Group warns NZ economy vulnerable
Wellington, Nov 23 NZPA - The group working on ways to improve New Zealand's savings, reducing its reliance on overseas debt, says the economy is in a vulnerable position and measures to correct the situation are likely to be challenging.

Downgrade of outlook a puzzle -- English

By NZPA political staff Wellington, Nov 23 NZPA - The downgrading of New Zealand's outlook by ratings agency Standard and Poors is puzzling, Finance Minister Bill English says.

Downgrade reflects international situation -- English

(Adds Phil Goff) Wellington, Nov 23 NZPA - The downgrade of New Zealand's outlook from stable to negative reflected increasing concerns internationally about external debt rather than a worsening situation here, Finance Minister Bill English says.

Cautious investors return to term deposits

Cautious investors return to term deposits
Wellington, Nov 9 NZPA - Rental property remains out of favour following tax changes earlier this year, while term deposits have reached near-record highs because of the security they offer, according to ASB's Investor Confidence Survey released today.

KiwiSaver growth funds perform in September quarter

KiwiSaver growth funds perform in September quarter
Wellington, Nov 8 NZPA - Bouncing sharemarkets helped KiwiSaver funds to produce positive returns in the September quarter, according to the latest Mercer KiwiSaver survey.

AMP urges KiwiSaver tax changes

AMP urges KiwiSaver tax changes
Wellington, Oct 18 NZPA - AMP is advocating a taxation regime which encourages retirees to manage KiwiSaver so it provides an income stream in retirement.

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