Opinion

Opinion and analysis from Brian Gaynor, Pattrick Smellie, Peter Griffin, David Chaplin and Jehan Casinader and a top-level group of New Zealand experts, including the BusinessDesk editorial team.

BRIAN GAYNOR: The 2020s – Expect lower investment returns
Brian Gaynor | Fri, 10 Jan 2020

The past decade has been a fantastic period for New Zealanders, as demonstrated by this table.NZ WealthThe 10 years ended Dec. 31 compares very favourably with the country’s strong performance in the previous two decades, particularly as far as residential property values and hou...

OPINION: All the questions the convention centre fire asks
Pattrick Smellie | Thu, 24 Oct 2019

As the flames die and the smoke clears on the roof of the unfinished New Zealand International Convention Centre roof, questions from this sorry episode spin out in many directions.There are the simple questions: how did it start? Whose individual incompetence, error or negligenc...

ANALYSIS: Why banks don't pass on full OCR cuts
Jenny Ruth | Fri, 18 Oct 2019

New Zealand's four major banks may be feeling battered as they await the Reserve Bank's final decisions on how much extra capital they're going to have to hold, but they should thank their lucky stars they're not as exposed to ritual bashings as their Australian parents.Still gra...

OPINION: FPAs and 'swallowing vomit' - the lot of the CTU
Pattrick Smellie | Wed, 16 Oct 2019

Council of Trade Unions president Richard Wagstaff was kept waiting by the Workplace Relations Minister, Iain Lees-Galloway, at the CTU's biennial conference in Wellington on Wednesday. It was either prophetic or to be expected. Wagstaff had to improvise while he waited for the m...

ANALYSIS: Govt will have to pay up for high-rise and other construction
Jenny Ruth | Sun, 22 Sep 2019

By Jenny Ruth Sept. 23 (BusinessDesk) - If New Zealand's construction industry is to thrive, the bottom line is that clients, particularly government ones, are going to have to pay more for buildings. Steve Killeen, chief executive of Downer's New Zealand operations, spelle...

ANALYSIS: Should penalties for continuous disclosure breaches be relaxed?
Jenny Ruth | Thu, 19 Sep 2019

By Jenny Ruth Sept. 19 (BusinessDesk) - Is the liability companies and directors face for breaches of NZX's continuous disclosure rules preventing people from becoming directors? Is the continuous disclosure regime dissuading a significant number of companies from listing o...

ANALYSIS: Wealth management now wags the stock-broking dog
Jenny Ruth | Sun, 15 Sep 2019

By Jenny Ruth Sept. 16 (BusinessDesk) - Could the lack of new listings on NZX be as simple as New Zealand not having enough traditional stock-broking and merchant banking firms? The capital markets review's report mentions the issue: "Each of the five primary retail NZX fir...


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