Dene Mackenzie

Receivership out of the blue

Receivership out of the blue

Dick Smith staff in New Zealand appeared to have been caught unawares as their employer went into receivership yesterday citing lack of support from its banking syndicate.

China’s campaign to calm markets put to test

China’s  campaign to calm  markets put to test

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The influence of China on the global economy became obvious quickly this year when authorities were forced to stop trading on China's major share indices on Monday after a day of selling by investors.

Australian economic resilience tipped

Australian economic resilience tipped

Australia faces a challenging domestic environment this year but the economy should prove resilient, Morningstar senior credit analyst John Likos said.

Influences to watch

Influences to watch

Eight investment themes are set to be dominant in the year ahead with low interest rates and more elevated levels of volatility expected.

Further outstanding 12 months for NZ sharemarket

Further outstanding 12 months for NZ sharemarket

New entrants to sharemarket investing, the increasing amount of money going into KiwiSaver and better education about saving all contributed to another stellar year for the NZX.

A2 Milk shares surge amid strong support for dairy

A2 Milk shares surge amid strong support for dairy

A2 Milk has continued to provide some late cheer for investors as its share price continues to surpass broker expectations.

Sharemarkets rise as oil rebounds

Sharemarkets around the world rose and bond yields improved as oil rebounded from 11-year lows on prospects of lower temperatures in the northern hemisphere.

Commodity prices help economic activity

Commodity prices help economic activity

Falling commodity prices will continue to underpin global consumer activity throughout 2016, helping maintain modest economic growth, Forsyth Barr broker Suzanne Kinnaird says.

Mixed movements in house affordability

Mixed movements in house affordability

Housing affordability for first-home buyers in New Zealand is becoming a bit of a lottery, with some regions improving in affordability and some getting worse.

Suite of cancer products grows

Suite of cancer products grows

Pacific Edge is ending the year as it began, launching new products and aiming for new markets.