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Economic & Market Updates

Affording Your First Property

It is quite understandable that the rate of home ownership in New Zealand has fallen in recent years. Just under 65% of households owned their own home at the time of the last census in 2013, and this is the lowest it has been since 1951. The rapid increase in property prices since 2013 has most likely lowered this percentage. In the higher priced areas such as Auckland, the rate of home ownership, especially for those who would historically be considered as first home buyers, would most likely be a lot lower.

Are Interest Rates Artificially Low?

21 Jun 2017

Most central banks around the world, such as the New Zealand Reserve Bank (RBNZ), manage key interest rates as a means of controlling inflation. The RBNZ was one of the first to do so in 1989. Their mandates are typically to keep inflation under control and to keep employment full. In New Zealand’s case, the target range is 1 – 3%.

Funding Tertiary Studies

Before your child gets to year 12 at school, if they want to do well academically, they need to get into the learning habit. It is the results from Year 12, that will determine their eligibility for university scholarships, what courses they may be eligible to apply for, and very importantly access to University hostels and flats. This is a year earlier in their lives than what most students realise and may come as a shock to parents.

Investment Review to 31 March 2017

The final quarter of the financial year to 31 March 2017, ended satisfactorily with returns for portfolios positive for the quarter, and for the financial year. Share funds, both global and Australasian focussed, performed very well, even with the profit taking in early March.

The Importance of Export Trade

14 Mar 2017

One of the first things that US President Donald Trump did in his first week in office, was to cancel the USA Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) participation deal that was signed up under Barack Obama’s administration.

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