News and Articles on Finance and Investing

The Letter to the Reserve Bank - and what it means

In November 2020 Hon Grant Robertson wrote a letter to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand essentially requesting that they control house prices. Unfortunately ..... btn more

US Elections - what does history tell us about returns?

The data shows that capturing the long-term returns of the capital markets does not depend on which party controls the White House .......btn more

The Value of Advice Quantified in a Survey

The Financial Services Council surveyed 2,000 New Zealanders in March 2020 and found that people that had advice received on average 4% better investment returns and had 3.7% more in savings. Find out what this means long term .......btn more

The disconnect between the Economy and Share Markets

We watch a number of webinars from various sources to stay on top of investment knowledge and financial markets. Its not often we recommend to clients watching these as they are often technical and adviser focused. This webinar is the exception. Dr Apollo Lupescu, discusses the current share markets and why there appears to be a disconnect between the markets and economies as a result of the unprecedented nature of the Covid-19 pandemic.btn more

Business will never go out of business, Covid-19
2nd April 2020
While the impact of Covid-19 on world economies has not fully played out and portfolios have dropped; in my opinion, we are not seeing a freefall in share markets ........btn more
Why you Should Not be Afraid of Market Volatility
When share markets are up one day, noticeably down for the next week, then appears to be traveling upward again, only to spiral downward again, that's what financial advisers call share market volatility. Should you be concerned?btn more
Eugene Fama Wins Nobel Prize - Efficient Market Hypothesis

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to Eugene Fama, with two others, for laying “the foundation for the current understanding of asset prices” ... btn more

Richard Thaler wins Nobel Prize - Behavioural Finance
What can we learn from Thaler's research in attitudes and behavioural finance?  Do investors behave rationally or irrationally .......?btn more
David Booth on Forecasting Returns?
Instead of looking into a crystal ball to determine where to invest, consider the historical stock market and stick to investing fundamentals ......btn more
The MONIAC - hydro computer?
The MONIAC computer in the New Zealand Reserve Bank museum is a delightful hydro-mechanical model explaining how money goes around in the economy ....btn more
What does History Tell Us about Share Markets?
This graph shows how the longest recorded share market index, the Dow Jones Index reacted to events between 1896 to 2016 and how human innovation always trumps fear  .......btn more
The 'Right Time to Invest Myth'
When markets are rocky some investors tell their advisers they would prefer to wait until things are 'more settled' before committing their money.  The problem is ....btn more
Randomness of Returns in Different Markets
These two videos look at returns across a broad range of investment markets and asset classes to see if there is any pattern. The result is ............btn more
Fund Managers Rarely Outperform the Market for Long
The Economist wrote "sheer luck is as good as past returns in predicting future performance".  The big investment shift of recent years is from active to passive ...btn more