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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Jun 15 2021
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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Today marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day which is celebrated annually on June 15. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of elder abuse and is formally recognised by the United Nations. This year the United Nations theme for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is “Access to Justice.” 

RBNZ Issues Cyber Resilience Guidance

May 31 2021
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RBNZ Issues Cyber Resilience Guidance

Cyber resilience: The ability of an organisation to continue to carry out its mission by anticipating and adapting to cyber threats and other relevant changes in the environment and by withstanding, containing and rapidly recovering from cyber incidents. - Cyber Lexicon, Financial Stability Board (FSB), 12 November 2018

KiwiSaver – A year on from the Pandemic Panic

May 17 2021
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KiwiSaver – A year on from the Pandemic Panic

When the pandemic began to spread globally in early 2020, governments took action by restricting travel and, in many cases, international trade. Lockdowns followed quickly, keeping vast numbers of workers home and out of work. Seeing this, investors panicked, driving share markets around the world into a historic collapse.

Wills Explained: Breaking Down the Jargon - What is the Difference between an Executor and Trustee of an Estate?

May 17 2021
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Wills Explained: Breaking Down the Jargon - What is the Difference between an Executor and Trustee of an Estate?

Every adult should have a valid and up to date Will. It’s only right that you get to decide how your assets are distributed when you pass away and that those closest to you will benefit from them in the manner you intend.  But, one of the (many!) reasons that people shy away from making their Will is a fear that they won’t understand the over complicated Will terminology used.

The Market in Review as at 31 March 2021

May 17 2021
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The Market in Review as at 31 March 2021

Since the onset of COVID-19, the New Zealand market looks significantly different. The reaction of markets to news of the pandemic, and in turn reactions from central banks and governments in terms of support has been unprecedented.

The Impact of the Vaccine on Markets

May 12 2021
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The Impact of the Vaccine on Markets

The announcement in late 2020 of effective vaccines for COVID-19 illuminated a path to return to normalcy.  The share market is forward looking so it reacts to events that investors think might impact on future returns, rather than on immediate issues. The potential implications of the vaccine and world re-opening are already being felt in the financial markets, and not always in a positive way. This article examines the impact on the vaccine on markets.

Monitoring Visits for MIS and Other Supervised Entities

Apr 29 2021
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Monitoring Visits for MIS and Other Supervised Entities

Monitoring visits are an essential pro-active monitoring tool for a Licensed Supervisor to deploy on a regular basis. Through conducting monitoring visits, Licensed Supervisor Trustees Executors is able to gain evidenced assurances that its supervised entities are managing their risks effectively and at all times acting in the best interests of their investors. 

Building Confidence through Professional Financial Advice

Apr 08 2021
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Building Confidence through Professional Financial Advice

Good financial advice encourages prudent investment, as well as greater and more confident participation in financial markets. The introduction of the Financial Services Legislation Amendment Act (FSLAA), not only aims to protect client interests, but overhauls the entire regulatory environment surrounding the financial advice industry to improve transparency, clarify the legal responsibilities of advisers, and make advice more accessible.

Tilting the Balance of Home Ownership

Apr 08 2021
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Tilting the Balance of Home Ownership

Despite everything that's happened in 2020, house prices kept going up. The Government's recently announced housing legislation has been designed to "tilt the balance" towards first homebuyers, but many still fear that they’ll either miss out on low-interest rates, or that they’ll be priced out of the market.