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Insight, news and updates from Alliott NZ Chartered Accountants, Auckland New Zealand. The views expressed here are the views of the author and should be discussed in further detail should an article be relevant to your individual circumstances.

While every effort has been made to provide valuable, useful information in this publication, this firm and any related suppliers or associated companies accept no responsibility or any form of liability from reliance upon or use of its contents.  Any suggestions should be considered carefully within your own particular circumstances, as they are intended as general information only.

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NZ's robot overlords have other priorities

Written by ANZ Bluenotes on May 2nd, 2018.      0 comments

robot-995Technological advancement, such as the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning, will considerably change the economic landscape and the suite of skills required within the labour pool.

The NZ economy in four charts

Written by ANZ Bluenotes on February 9th, 2018.      0 comments

Flag of New Zealand-331The strong global economy is feeding through into solid export prices and volumes in New Zealand. Though some timing issues were likely at play, merchandise exports in December were spectacular.

NZ’s employment law landscape set to change

Written by Vanessa Williams on November 6th, 2017.      0 comments

Flag of New Zealand-331New Zealand’s employment law landscape is now set to change and employers need to be ready to adapt.

The Trump Presidency: What are the prospects for tax reform in 2017?

Written by Greg Millar on February 7th, 2017.      0 comments

alliott group trump thumbnail-119President Trump's aggressive tax reforms may not take effect until 2018.

Alliott Group member firm Bowman & Company explains why and what this could mean for global trade.

Topics: economy , tax

NZ, Australia part ways on employment

Written by ANZ BlueNotes on November 29th, 2016.      0 comments

zollneremplyment img-94Employment growth across both sides of the ditch is going in different directions, according to ANZ BlueNotes.


The tills are humming in New Zealand

Written by ANZ BlueNotes on August 31st, 2016.      0 comments

NZD calculator-857Dairy farmers may well be bemoaning low milk prices but New Zealand consumers overall do not appear to be letting too much get in the way of increasing their use of credit and charge cards.

A tale of several cities (in NZ)

Written by ANZ BlueNotes on August 31st, 2016.      0 comments

loan-730The Reserve Bank of Australia cut the cash rate to a record low this month but banks passed on only half of it at a retail level.

A similar outcome was likely in New Zealand should the RBNZ follow suit, with bank funding costs having risen sharply this year.

Knowing the difference between speculative opinion and actual fact helps investors keep their nerve

Written by Michael Beech on August 30th, 2016.      0 comments

Michael Beech CFA-841-571When news breaks and markets move, content-starved media often invite talking heads to muse on the repercussions.

Knowing the difference between this speculative opinion and actual facts can help investors keep their nerve.

Impacts of Brexit on New Zealand

Written by Alliott NZ Chartered Accountants Auckland on August 3rd, 2016.      0 comments

brexit-1462470592ZSA-437-400Do you think New Zealand is better off alone? We share some interesting insights from New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) who ask if uncertainty is in New Zealand’s interests.

Topics: brexit, economy, exports

The winners and losers of the AEC

Written by Greg Millar on August 2nd, 2016.      0 comments

ASEAN logo-881With hindsight, policy makers might not choose to launch what is called by some an 'Asian EU' at this point in time. We share this ANZ BlueNotes article on ASEAN latest developments.
Topics: brexit , economy

What the Brexit fallout means for APAC

Written by Greg Millar on July 1st, 2016.      0 comments

brexit-1462470592ZSA-437-400The UK’s unprecedented decision to leave the European Union has sparked a dramatic flight to safe haven assets and currencies.

The initial reaction was pronounced but is now moderating, although it will take time to settle.

Auckland, the underrated jewel of APEC

Written by Alliott NZ Chartered Accountants Auckland on June 2nd, 2016.      0 comments

auckchartv2-954-890Sydney may have the harbour views and Melbourne the lifestyle but new research shows Auckland is the APEC city with both - and more. 

The New Zealand city has emerged at number six overall in the Building Better Cities survey which looks at 28 cities in the Asia-Pacific Economic cooperation (APEC) region.

Topics: economy , housing

When managing your investments it’s important to consider the downside

Written by Michael Beech on May 30th, 2016.      0 comments

Michael Beech CFA-393Do you ever listen to the news and find yourself thinking that the world has gone to the dogs? The roll call of depressing headlines seems endless.

But look beyond what the media calls 'news' and there also are a lot of things going right.

New Zealand Budget 2016

Written by Greg Millar on May 27th, 2016.      0 comments

logo-budget2016-lrg-416Overall ​the outlook for the economy is positive and the Crown’s books are in good shape, but what are the announcements on New Zealand tax? We summarise the key issues for you.
Topics: budget, economy , tax

Sourceable says NZ construction consents sink 8.2% in January

Written by Anthony McIlroy on March 7th, 2016.      0 comments

build-472New Zealand building consents fell last month as a drop-off in Canterbury construction intentions offset growth in other regions, although Auckland continued to lag behind the estimated level needed to match growth in housing demand. (Sourceable)

Which hat are you wearing?

Written by Michael Beech on November 10th, 2015.      0 comments

Michael Beech CFA-841-571People with many hats require many different investment solutions. In our opinion, that's a good thing.

Auckland housing market sales hit 15-year high

Written by Anthony McIlroy on October 6th, 2015.      0 comments

sold-752Auckland house sales jumped to an August record as a flood of new listings hit the market while average prices fell in the month, according to Barfoot & Thompson.

August can be a slow month for sales, but this year it was the third busiest sales month for 16 months. Prices will most likely increase modestly in coming months from where they are at present.



50-year high for New Zealand construction boom

Written by Anthony McIlroy on September 21st, 2015.      0 comments

build-472Statistics New Zealand reported more than $4 billion worth of activity was put in place in the three-month period - the most since records began.

Whilst it’s exciting times for construction and the trades servicing the sector, have you thought about how to future proof your business and take advantage of the upswing?


Interest rates up, down or around?

Written by Anthony McIlroy on August 28th, 2015.      0 comments

interest rates-469Predicting interest rate movement remains quite difficult, particularly the longer-term interest rates which are impacted to a greater extent by world events.

Regardless of whether you want to be a short or long-term player it would seem to make sense to see what the Reserve Bank says on 10 September.