A review of things you need to know before you go home on Friday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Friday
For Friday, August 15, 2014. Image sourced from Shutterstock.com

Here are the key things you need to know before you leave work today. Bankruptcies decline, Fitch affirms ratings for three NZ institutions, a telemarketer cops a heavy fine, NZ Super Fund keeps money in Israeli firm with military links & more.

TODAY'S MORTGAGE RATE CHANGES
There have been no changes announced today.

TODAY'S DEPOSIT RATE CHANGES
There have been no changes announced today.
 
BANKRUPTCY NOTIFICATIONS HIT 16-WEEK LOW
The total number of bankruptcies notified by the Insolvency and Trustee Service have hit a 16-week low. There has been a definite downward trend in the number of bankruptcy notifications being advised over 2014. The data shows there is just on 13% fewer bankruptcies over the past 4-weeks compared to the same 4-week period 12-months ago.
 
FITCH AFFIRMS RATINGS FOR TWO BUILDING SOCIETIES AND ONE BANK
Ratings agency Fitch affirmed the credit rating of Nelson Building Society at BB+. Wairarapa Building Society at BB+ and  and SBS Bank (Southland Building Society) at BBB.
 
TELEMARKETER FINED NEARLY $170,000 FOR BREACHING FAIR TRADING ACT IN SLINGSHOT CAMPAIGN
Telemarketing company Power Marketing Ltd was fined $168,750 after pleading guilty to 23 breaches of the Fair Trading Act relating to misrepresentations made during calls made on behalf of telecommunications company Slingshot, which had earlier been fined $250,000 for its role in the campaign. 
 
NZ SUPER FUND TO RETAIN STAKE IN ISRAEL CHEMICALS
The NZ Super Fund said it had reviewed its stake in Israel Chemicals, which supplies white phosphorous to the US Defence Force, and found no evidence that the company's products had been used against civilians in the Gaza conflict. The Fund has $900,000 invested in the company.
 
NEW HOUSING ACCORDS SIGNED IN TAURANGA AND WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY
The government has signed housing accords with the mayors of Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty which should eventually fast track development of 1000 new homes in Tauranga and 175 homes in Western Bay of Plenty. 

WHOLESALE RATES
Swap rates were down across the curve today with the biggest falls occurring in longer dated maturities. We also saw 5 & 10-year government bond yields fall 6 basis points. The 90 day bank bill rate finished the week 2 points lower at 3.68%.

OUR CURRENCY
The NZ dollar traded higher again today following overnight news of lower-than-expected GDP numbers from the powerhouse German economy. Check our real-time charts here. The NZ dollar is currently at 84.86 USc, is at 91AUc and the TWI is 79.61

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Questions over the role of banks providing financial advice in the financial planning space...
What have the parents been doing
 
“Excessive knowledge would probably have been seen as a barrier to product flogging,” says Morris, who has law degree and is a certified financial planner. “Better to have barely qualified people who won’t think too deeply about what they are doing."

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/cheating-rife-in-financial-planning-20140815-104gkn.html#ixzz3AV1I6myD

 

 

as an aside we don't see how the re-introduction of trailing commissions for home loan mortage brokers as we as proposed by the Bank of New South Wales is a good thing.

 

and then

Macquarie Equities Limited's bombshell offer to set up a compensation scheme to any customer who ever received advice from one of its advisers should be a call to arms to the Abbott government to act swiftly on the crisis in confidence gripping the industry.
The fact that two of Australia's biggest financial institutions, Commonwealth Bank and Macquarie, are now on the hook to redress more than 500,000 customers who may have been victims of shoddy advice should send shivers down the spine of the regulator, politicians and David Murray, who is working on a final report into the finance system.  

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/macquaries-bombshell-a-call-to-arms-20140815-104mxz.html#ixzz3AV1yWREF

 

on both sides of the ditch....