Opinion and Analysis

Why NZ should have a positive economic outlook for 2021

Economically New Zealand has done better than anyone could have hoped for – materially better than the most fear-filled ...

OPINION: Economically New Zealand has done better than anyone could have hoped for – materially better than the most fear-filled expectations to this point.

Property investment: the good, the bad and the downright ugly video

Simplicity chief executive Sam Stubbs.

OPINION: In a rising market, many developments can look as safe as houses — literally. But when they go bad, it’s horrible.

The US Capitol Siege has showed the importance of employee fidelity

With the US Capitol in the background, members of the National Guard change shifts as they exit through anti-scaling ...

OPINION: Deceptive behaviour breaching obligations of fidelity and good faith is likely to end in tears, whether it is committed in Washington or Wellington.

Government funds are not ‘taxpayer money’ video

Subject to the rule of law, governments can do what they choose with their money, says Jonathan Barrett.

OPINION: Media and politicians should stop confusing the two.

No, Chris Liddell is not going to head the OECD video

Chris Liddell has not shown signs of expecting a move to Paris.

OPINION: Government is right not to show it's cards but we know the action has moved on.

A Biden-led US will be looking for a friend in NZ video

President-elect Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 pandemic during an event at The Queen theater, Thursday, Jan. 14, ...

OPINION: New Zealand and the US will have new requests of each other when Joe Biden takes over as president.

Take extreme care if you're investing in Bitcoin

OPINION: "Investors should be prepared to lose all their money,” warns UK watchdog about Bitcoin.

Why companies should fear the growing cyber threat

This week the Reserve Bank's central bank data was seized from a third-party-file-sharing platform.

OPINION: A growing number of attacks have blighted companies across the globe in recent years. In New Zealand, some of our biggest organisations have suffered.

The big Ardern admission mostly missed at end of 2020

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern answers questions in a Post Cabinet press conference on January 15.

OPINION: It was a moment of rare candour from a very careful politician, and it cut to the heart of the housing crisis. And it’s been barely reported.

Employers taking hard line against workers who support pro-Trump attack on US Capitol

Supporters of President Trump invade the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

OPINION: Some of those who directly participated in the violent attack on the Capitol last week are being fired by their employers after being identified in photos and videos.

Why Twitter couldn’t ban Trump sooner

FILE - In this Thursday, June 18, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump looks at his phone during a roundtable with ...

OPINION: Spreading disinformation has been a thing for Donald Trump's entire presidency — so what has taken Big Tech so long to act?

Aluminium smelter deal - who caved?

Rio Tinto has got some of what it asked for from Meridian, but the Government does not appear to have had to make ...

ANALYSIS: The Government doesn't seem to have got its hands dirty in negotiations, but suspicions may linger.

KiwiSaver lessons from Tesla, Meridian and Covid-19

The meteoric rise in the share price of Meridian and Tesla in 2020 has important lessons for all investors.

OPINION: The meteoric rise in share prices for Meridian and Tesla in 2020, and the roller coaster that Covid has been for financial markets, has important lessons for all investors.

Reserve Bank hack: what we know so far video

The software the Reserve Bank was using was 20 years old, according to its supplier.

ANALYSIS: Confidential information provided by banks may have been stolen, but it's a relief the attack was not 'targeted'.

Making money on the NZX - don't get risky and emotional, be like Buffett

Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, speaks during a game of bridge following the annual Berkshire ...

OPINION: Let's have a look at what behaviour you should steer clear of if you're serious about making money.

Don't be fooled by social media: Not everyone feels as you do

Donald Trump has used Twitter to get sometimes-unreliable messages to supporters.

OPINION: Your comfortable bubble is probably giving you a warped view of the world.

Monday thoughts: The summer of Meridian's share madness

Meridian is normally a sleeper stock, but its shares have surged.

OPINION: Huge trading in clean energy provider Meridian, normally a safe, sleeper stock, jolted brokers off their loungers.

How to avoid a fight about money

You’ll quickly notice if you have different money management styles.

OPINION: There's no 'wrong' money personality - but some clash badly.

Spend and hope isn't a sustainable economic plan

Damien Grant.

OPINION: We are building an asset bubble economy that is going to implode on a scale we have not seen since the 1930s.

Here's what you need to know about renting out your home to buy a new one

Great tenants may treat your home as well or better than you did, but you won't always get great tenants, says Anthony ...

OPINION: At some point, your home won’t be right for you anymore. Will you sell up, try to leverage the equity to buy your new home or keep it as a rental property?

Here's why I'm staying away from the bitcoin madness

Bitcoin’s decentralised nature means it can only handle 4.6 transactions per second.

OPINION: Its value fluctuates wildly. And that's only the start of the problems.

Why I’ll never go back to a flat non-folding phone

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is iPhone-sized when closed and tablet-sized when open.

OPINION: Foldable devices are still new, but they've fundamentally changed the way I use my phone.

Get your finances sorted in seven easy steps

Some variation of the theme “sort finances” is usually in the top three new year’s resolutions.

OPINION: Some variation of the theme "sort finances" is included in most new year's resolutions – and 2021 will be no different.

2021 may not be the year of recovery video

The economy may be slipping back into recession but we won’t know till June.

OPINION: More lockdowns, rising interest rates and zero growth? Don't rule it out - but we are still lucky.

Is a lack of activist shareholders hurting KiwiSaver? video

KiwiSaver managers need to advocate more actively on behalf of their members, Simplicity chief executive Sam Stubbs says.

OPINION: Fund managers now manage over $200 billion of ordinary New Zealanders savings, in KiwiSaver and other investment funds. They need to start throwing that weight around.

There are lessons to be learned from 2020

Pathway Asset Manager co-founder Paul Brownsey says there are lessons to be learned out of the experiences of 2020.

OPINION: History shows that in the midst of crisis, investors shouldn't panic.

Why it was good to be a farmer in 2020

For an exporting country like ours, initial predictions the pandemic would result in a broad slowdown in international ...

OPINION: As we head into a summer forecast to be wet and warm, we’re expecting the good times for our commodities to keep rolling well into 2021.

Is the price of Five Eyes membership too high?

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian.

OPINION: Australia is being singled out by China - could we be next?

2021 brings trust into focus

How much power does Amazon really have?

OPINION: Big questions will be asked about tech's big four over the coming year.

Apple vs Facebook: Why I'm on Team Apple

Facebook is not happy at the prospect of users being able to stop it tracking their online activity.

OPINION: In the real (physical) world, no democratic society would welcome a giant multinational company monitoring where everybody shopped, who they spoke to, or where they get their news from.

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