For more than 20 years, Dunedin financial planner Peter Smith
has been a familiar face on the Business and Money pages of
the Otago Daily Times as a financial columnist.
With the end of the financial year fast approaching for the
majority of businesses, now is a good time to consider some
time-sensitive matters, Deloitte tax partner Phil Stevenson
Job advertisement data suggests a steady demand for labour
Migration figures continue to break records, despite
February's permanent long-term arrival numbers being lower
Hiring sentiment is at its highest level in six years and net
hiring sentiment in the South Island remains the strongest
nationally, a report released this week shows.
The United States Federal Reserve sent the US dollar tumbling
with a surprisingly dovish forecast for growth and interest
rates, even as it took a solid step towards a midyear rate
New consumer laws which took effect this week made it
unlawful for ''unfair'' terms to be included in standard form
consumer contracts, Anderson Lloyd partner Sarah Simmers
Cyclone Pam had delivered only glancing blows to Tower's
exposures in the Pacific, Forsyth Barr broker Suzanne
Kinnaird said yesterday.
Low interest rates would continue to drive interest in global
sharemarkets in the foreseeable future, Craigs Investment
Partners broker Chris Timms said yesterday.
Economic growth was likely to hold up at solid levels in
coming years, the latest New Zealand Institute of Economic
Research Consensus Forecasts show.
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