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Smarter by the dozen: We’ve added five NZX passive funds

We recently asked customers which Smartshares funds they would most like added to the range available on InvestNow.

Bringing the range we offer from Smartshares up to 12, there were five clear favourites and we are really pleased to announce that these are available now, for you to add to your InvestNow portfolio:

  • Emerging Markets Fund
  • NZ Dividend Fund
  • NZ Property Fund
  • US Large Growth Fund
  • US Mid Cap Fund

ABOUT THE RANGE OF SMARTSHARES FUNDS

If you want to learn some more about these, and the other […]

By |2019-03-28T14:54:28+12:00March 28th, 2019|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Swimming lessons from McDuck: why custody shouldn’t be a mystery

Scrooge McDuck loved to splash with cash, swimming solo in the deep, impregnable bank vault that housed his money.

The famous image of McDuck diving into his millions is typically interpreted as greed cartoonified.
But the loaded old duck had his reasons.

As the second-richest fictional character of all time – worth US$33.5 billion, according to Forbes magazine – McDuck clearly put a high value on two of the most important features of money: liquidity and security.

Unlike mega-wealthy Disney characters, though, most people don’t have the […]

By |2019-03-29T15:06:07+12:00March 28th, 2019|Uncategorised|0 Comments

INVESTNOW MAGAZINE – MAR 2019 – Harbour Asset Management

Commentator – Ruari McGregor, Director & Chief Operating Officer Q: What are the dangers for consumers in investing in products that don’t have arm’s length custody arrangements?
A: The definition of custody is “protection, care or guardianship of someone or something.”  In the managed funds world this relates to safeguarding the underlying shares, bonds and other securities held within each managed fund independently of the fund manager. In New Zealand,  Custodians are required to have an assurance engagement with a qualified auditor every year.

All […]

By |2019-03-28T14:47:05+12:00March 28th, 2019|Manager Panel|0 Comments

INVESTNOW MAGAZINE – MAR 2019 – Morphic Asset Management

Commentator – Jack Lowenstein, Morphic’s Managing Director & Joint CIO

Q: What are the dangers for consumers in investing in products that don’t have arm’s length custody arrangements? 

A: We believe strongly that investors should ensure there are arms’ length custody arrangements at all levels of the investment process. We take great care that this is done for each investment we make in our funds, and believe investors in our funds should do the same for their holdings.

Q: How can […]

By |2019-03-28T14:44:24+12:00March 28th, 2019|Manager Panel, Uncategorised|0 Comments

INVESTNOW MAGAZINE – MAR 2019 – Mint

Commentator – Rebecca Thomas – Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Q: What are the dangers for consumers in investing in products that don’t have arm’s length custody arrangements? 

A: Without having an arm’s length( independent)  custody arrangement the investor loses all protection on how those funds are supposed to be invested. This means the funds could be used for anything as opposed to investing in line with investors instructions.. This is particularly important if the company who is providing the solution  gets into […]

By |2019-03-28T14:47:41+12:00March 28th, 2019|Manager Panel|0 Comments

Attention Trust Customers. Have you seen Connectworks?

We recently spoke to Nigel Keats, of Connectworks, about how trusts use their platform to help achieve their compliance obligations.  Here is what he had to say:

“Trusts are commonly used in New Zealand as a means of asset protection and succession planning. There are potential tax benefits under some circumstances too.

But while settlors and trustees want to protect assets, it should be expected that other parties may want to want to challenge the protection sought. This could include […]

By |2019-03-28T14:42:21+12:00March 28th, 2019|Uncategorised|0 Comments

December 2018 Volatility – AMP Capital

Commentator – Trent Loi, Portfolio Manager

Q1: What’s driving the recent market volatility?

The positive investor sentiment was spooked by hawkish comments made by the Fed Chair Jerome Powell on interest rate in US, lack of progress in trade talks between China and US, and concerns of a slowdown in global growth. Investor sentiment soured and resulted in a rush to exit equities positions. The sell down in equities was broad based in Q4 2018, however, the market was probably oversold hence a rebound in […]

By |2019-02-28T13:21:05+12:00February 28th, 2019|Manager Panel|0 Comments

December 2018 Volatility – Smartshares

Commentator – Thom Bentley, Client Director- Institutional

Q1: What’s driving the recent market volatility?

Markets dislike uncertainty. Among the issues contributing to equity market volatility at the end of 2018 were worries about the US/China trade war, political uncertainty in Europe around Brexit, and concerns about the global economy slowing.

Q2: How long do you think it will continue? Why?

Volatility has already abated significantly. The VIX index (which measures US equity market volatility) rose from a level of 11.6 at the start of October 2018 to a […]

By |2019-02-28T13:20:07+12:00February 28th, 2019|Manager Panel|0 Comments

Sober investing tips: how to handle volatility

Sober investing tips: how to handle volatility

Sober investing tips: how to handle volatility

InvestNow members are generally glass half-full types.

Looking back at the last quarter of 2018, over 90 per cent of investors didn’t spill a drop as share markets served up another round of volatility; about a third of InvestNow members even took the opportunity to top up their portfolios as equities staggered downwards.

But if October left investors stirred, not shaken, the final two months of 2018 threatened to tip them off-balance. The last month of the year, in particular, […]

By |2019-02-28T13:18:55+12:00February 28th, 2019|Uncategorised|0 Comments

December 2018 Volatility – Harbour Asset Management

Commentator – Chris Di Leva, Multi Asset Specialist

Summary

A noticeable feature of markets in the ten years since the GFC has been the unusually low amount of market volatility. Buoyed by stimulus from central banks, which kept interest rates at artificially low levels, this created a positive environment for all asset classes. Indeed, the rising tide lifted all boats with both passive and active strategies enjoying strong returns over this period. However, market movements in recent months could be a signal that this prolonged period […]

By |2019-02-28T13:27:30+12:00February 28th, 2019|Manager Panel|0 Comments