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Facebook and what responsible investors can do

Posted by: Aaron Drew, Economist and Rutherford Rede Investment Committee Member in finance

09 April 2019

The notion that Facebook and other social media providers need not take responsibility for what is broadcast on their platforms was shattered following the Christchurch shootings. One of the strongest admonishments has come from NZ Privacy Commissioner....


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Taxing Times

Posted by: Aaron Drew, Economist and Rutherford Rede Investment Committee Member in finance

08 March 2019

Most commentaries in the media since the TWG released its final report has been negative, to say the least. The government itself has also been quick to distance itself from any specific recommendations. Politics will clearly be the major deciding factor ...


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The decline in markets - will it be different this time?

Posted by: Aaron Drew, Economist and Rutherford Rede Investment Committee Member in finance

22 November 2018

Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Samuelson is credited with saying the “Stock Market has predicted 9 of the past 5 recessions”. This quip reflects that market volatility is nothing new and markets are not very good at forecasting the future....


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The Royal Commission into Banking Misconduct

Posted by: Aaron Drew, Economist and Rutherford Rede Investment Committee Member in finance

09 October 2018

In Australia, the financial services industry is being rocked by the Royal Commission into its behaviour and practices. ...


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Auckland Council's governance failure

Posted by: Aaron Drew, Economist and Rutherford Rede Investment Committee Member in finance

14 September 2018

It looked so good on paper circa 2008. The Supercity was born on the premise it would improve council efficiencies, and crucially, co-ordinate and speed up the delivery of infrastructure and housing. ...


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Can the Kiwi fly again?

Posted by: Aaron Drew, Economist and Rutherford Rede Investment Committee Member in finance

16 August 2018

The Reserve Bank’s recent announcement was a surprise to financial markets, who were perhaps less concerned about downside trade risks, and more focused on evidence that wages and inflation are rising in our economy. Balancing risks is always a fine judgm...


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Pricing at the Margin

Posted by: Aaron Drew, Economist and Rutherford Rede Investment Committee Member in finance

20 July 2018

Alfred Marshall was a very influential English economist in the late 19th Century who was first to develop the standard demand and supply graphs now taught at high schools throughout the world....


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