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Bridget Urlich

Ten Year Government bonds, Investment or Insurance?

By | Insights
The last couple of weeks has been something of a rollercoaster ride for investors, with volatility spiking as the world and financial markets try to come to grips with COVID-19,...
The last couple of weeks has been something of a rollercoaster ride for investors, with volatility spiking as the world and financial markets try to come to grips with COVID-19, and both the human and economic implications. Unsurprisingly, we have seen a co-ordinated global central bank response. In simple terms, the US, Canada and Australia have all come out and lowered interest rates, with it widely expected that the United Kingdom and New Zealand will follow suit. What has been somewhat lost in the ensuing chaos, is the yield or return of a New Zealand ten- year government bond is... Read more

Nature is no match for liquidity

By | Insights
While it is too early to predict how deadly the Coronavirus might become, the explosion of new cases and its relatively high death rates (~2%-3% vs usual influenza of less...
While it is too early to predict how deadly the Coronavirus might become, the explosion of new cases and its relatively high death rates (~2%-3% vs usual influenza of less than 0.1%) are unnerving the markets. Also, unlike SARS, China is today far more important at both the forefront of global supply chains and consumption, and has a far greater impact on the global economy. The rush for safety in financial markets and erosion in growth expectations is already flattening interest rate curves, reinforcing US dollar strength (as a safe-haven currency) and sapping global sentiment. Indeed, if it becomes evident... Read more

Hobson launches innovative Navigator Service

By | In the news
Warren Couillault, CEO of Hobson Wealth, has returned to the managed funds sector in leading the development and launch of Hobson Wealth’s funds within its unique Navigator Service. Hobson Wealth’s...
Warren Couillault, CEO of Hobson Wealth, has returned to the managed funds sector in leading the development and launch of Hobson Wealth’s funds within its unique Navigator Service. Hobson Wealth’s new funds offering will allow the group’s financial advisers to service a large cohort of New Zealanders who have fallen through the ‘advice gap’. Hobson Wealth’s Navigator Service provides a financial advice overlay to construct a blend of the underlying Hobson Wealth funds to suit the investors risk profile and investment goals. There is no additional charge for providing this advice. Once invested, the Navigator client has full access to... Read more

kōura – The intelligent KiwiSaver Plan

By | In the news
Over 50% of Kiwis are in the wrong KiwiSaver fund, potentially costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars, reveals newcomer, kōura Warren Couillault and Rupert Carlyon have teamed up to...
Over 50% of Kiwis are in the wrong KiwiSaver fund, potentially costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars, reveals newcomer, kōura Warren Couillault and Rupert Carlyon have teamed up to launch a new, next generation KiwiSaver scheme. kōura offers a digital advice platform that will give all hard-working New Zealanders access to personalised and professional financial advice – something most people perceive to be out of reach - and something that a new KiwiSaver survey undertaken by kōura shows is desperately needed. The survey showed that over half of kiwis are in the wrong fund, and this wrong decision could... Read more