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Investment commentary – May 2021

Investment commentary – May 2021

Together with AMP New Zealand we provide a summary of the how the global markets performed in May 2021 and the key drivers of these results. To use a common sporting analogy, May was a month of two halves for global markets. In the first part of the month, there was some uncertainty and market volatility due to: Higher than expected inflation...

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Don’t miss out on your $521 KiwiSaver government contribution

Don’t miss out on your $521 KiwiSaver government contribution

Every year the Government contributes up to $521 to eligible KiwiSaver accounts. To get the full amount you must have contributed at least $1042.86^ in the period 1 July to 30 June (the KiwiSaver year). Generally, if you’re on an annual salary or wages of $35,000 or more and are contributing at a minimum rate of 3% from your pay, or if you make...

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Help your people bridge the financial literacy gap

Help your people bridge the financial literacy gap

Financial worries are a key source of stress among workers, and COVID-19 has had an adverse impact on people’s stress levels and financial security. If your team's wellbeing is important you, you should consider including a financial education component to your wellness strategy. A recent study by the Financial Services Council New Zealand found...

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Trauma Cover – your Plan B

Trauma Cover – your Plan B

When you are fit and healthy and enjoying life, planning for a medical event is one of the last things on your to do list. Unfortunately, cancer, heart attack and stroke make up 90% of trauma cover claims and impact a vast number of Kiwis each year. According to SunSmart NZ, 80,000 Kiwis are diagnosed with cancer each year, the Heart Foundation...

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Investment Commentary – April 2021

Investment Commentary – April 2021

Global sharemarkets performed strongly in April, continuing the positive sentiment that has existed for most of 2021 so far.  The three key themes for the continued strong performance are: The continued roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine across the world; Better than expected results from US companies as many announced their annual results over...

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COVID-19 and the global market performance

COVID-19 and the global market performance

There is an old saying that states if something seems too good to be true then it probably is. And in a world where bank term deposits are paying less than 1%, investors should look at funds with returns of 30% with suspicion. AdviceFirst adviser Brent Hunt provides commentary on the 12 month returns to the end of March 2021, and why these...

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