Dene Mackenzie

NZ First policy 'almost impossible'

NZ First policy 'almost impossible'

New Zealand First's KiwiSaver policy is a nice idea but almost impossible to achieve, Dunedin financial adviser Peter Smith says.

Parties target similar audience

Labour and New Zealand First yesterday launched their 2014 election campaigns, with both parties aiming at similar voters.

Kiwi tipped to stay high until interest rates fall

The New Zealand dollar is likely to remain strong until New Zealand's interest rates are no longer seen as advantageous to overseas investors, ASB chief economist Nick Tuffley says.

Fall in jobless rate expected for quarter

Fall in jobless rate expected for quarter

Recent strong jobs growth is expected to have continued in the three months ended June, lowering the unemployment rate to 5.8% from 6%.

Trade Me right to retreat over listing fees: broker

Trade Me's backdown in pricing for real estate agents was strategically the right move, Craigs Investment Partners broker Chris Timms said yesterday.

Labour looks back for way forward

Labour looks back for way forward

Labour leader David Cunliffe has returned to the roots of the party by announcing a rise in the minimum wage and a restoration of worker rights would come in the first 100 days of a Labour-led government.

Over-taxation could cost savers $100,000

Fixing the over-taxation of KiwiSaver would add more than $100,000 to the retirement savings of someone saving 6% of income for 40 years on the average wage, Financial Services Council chief executive Peter Neilsen said on Tuesday.

Rural GPs likely to favour new e-commerce site

Rural GPs likely to favour new e-commerce site

General practitioners in small New Zealand towns and rural areas are likely to be keen users of the new Pacific Edge e-commerce site, chief executive David Darling says.

Investment case for equities remains solid

Investment case for equities remains solid

Most markets performed respectably in the first half of the year with the NZX50, in New Zealand, posting the strongest return in the six months to June 30. Business editor Dene Mackenzie talks to Craigs Investment Partners broker Chris Timms about the first six months and what he expects for the rest of the year.

Vote against resolutions, MTF chairman urges

Vote against resolutions, MTF chairman urges

Motor Trade Finances chairman Stephen Higgs is urging shareholders to vote against resolutions he says appear designed to undermine the management and governance of the board.