Investment performance surveys - the noise and the knowledge 

AMP Capital, Greg Fleming
Head of Investment Strategy
New Zealand

Returns-chasing investors value top-performing funds and prioritise them for their investment allocations. But what does ‘top-performing’ actually mean? The naïve answer is that this is self-evident – the funds with the highest rolling returns over a given period – but this concept is quite misleading.

Changes for KiwiSaver for 2019

Have you heard about the changes to KiwiSaver – well listen up as they could help you reach your saving goals faster! As we all know, KiwiSaver is a great way to save for your retirement or first home deposit. There are some exciting changes happening that could help you lift your savings which include new contribution rates & shorter saving breaks. Interested?!

AMP sells life business

AMP is to sell its wealth protection and mature business, AMP Life, to Resolution Life and reinsure its New Zealand retail wealth protection with Swiss Re in a deal worth A$3.45 billion.

About 200,000 New Zealand insurance policies are involved in the deal. It also plans to sell its New Zealand wealth management and advice businesses via an initial public offering in 2019 subject to market conditions and regulatory approvals, unlocking further value.

That would include its KiwiSaver and pensions books and could mean the end of AMP's brand in the New Zealand market. “The completion of our portfolio review marks a major step forward in reshaping AMP as a simpler, more focused group, that is well positioned to compete in our core markets,” Mike Wilkins, AMP’s acting chief executive said.

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 Amicus Christmas After Hours Contacts

Amicus would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas & a safe, happy New Year. We hope you and yours get a chance to sit back & relax over the Christmas break. Our office will be closed for the holiday season 3pm on Monday 24th December until Thursday the 3th of January 2019.

In regards to Amicus Brokers if you have an urgent claim you may call direct to NZI on 0800 227 6537, QBE on 0800 723 252, Vero on 0800 800 134 or AMP on 0508 806 244.
For other urgent brokerage matters please contact: John Connell on 021 2444 203.

In regard to Amicus Group, if you have an enquiry of an urgent nature: Please contact Greg Stanley 021 644 263.

Businesses shouldn't get stuck with a widowed shareholder

Janine Starks  May 19 2018

OPINION: Here's a bit of advice. Don't get stuck with a widower.

That's not something gleaned from the pages of a dating website for older women. It's proper business advice and it applies to men too. Avoid widows.

My business partner and I had "the death chat" years ago when our company started getting serious. The firm had a prosperous future, but what sort of mess would we be in if one of us dropped dead?

In our case we'd have a double mess on our hands. We ran an investment firm and our skills were largely gained offshore. It wasn't possible to just pluck a replacement from the New Zealand financial industry.

We'd already discovered one Kiwi working in London and promptly employed him. These gems were hard to find.

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