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December 2004
January 2005
February 2005
March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
August 2005
September 2005
October 2005
November 2005
December 2005
December 2004
10th - Monday 10th January 2005
January 2005
5th - Returns should remain solid in 2005
7th - Kingfish lands a big December quarter
12th - Alternative investments picked for 2005
13th - Medical wound care market proves hard work for Comvita
17th - Investors still optimisic despite good year
17th - Macquarie Goodman buys stake in two buildings
17th - Two-year rates still a good deal: economist
18th - Macquarie appoints new director
20th - House prices see some consolidation
20th - Former Cullen MD takes stake in St Laurence
21st - Managed funds produce good returns in 2004
24th - Monday 24th January 2005
25th - Australian hedge fund appears in NZ
25th - How to Get Started in Active Trading & Investing
25th - Tower shareholders approve AWM spinoff
25th - Australian managing director resigns from A&R Whitcoulls
25th - Tenon initiates shareholder plan
25th - Oyster Bay appoints independent director
26th - CET increases stake in Cadmus
27th - OCR unchanged at 6.5%
27th - Reserve Bank leaves interest rates unchanged
27th - Cue Energy trading halt
28th - Unit holders approve debt threshold increase
28th - Opinion: Fonterra sidesteps debate on merits of National Foods bid
29th - Interesting and uncertain year ahead: Caton
31st - Monday 31st January 2005
31st - Listing for Hedge Fund Patrol short and not so sweet
February 2005
1st - Large fund outflows confound managed fund experts
1st - AMP NZ Office Trust's earnings per unit continue to climb
1st - Cue Energy raises $18 million in share placement
1st - New shipping services for Ports of Auckland
1st - Infratil post nine month net surplus of $42.94 million
1st - Back to basics
1st - The tech touter
1st - Economics: That elusive slowdown
1st - Prime Time
2nd - Minto takes over reigns at Tower
2nd - Fonterra to commence due diligence on National Foods
3rd - Managed Funds scams not common in NZ - Securities Commission
3rd - WSI posts disappointing result
3rd - BNZ gains market share but ASB grabs even more
4th - Lower first half for South Port
4th - Solution Dynamics post half year loss
4th - Market Review: January - a continuation of the patterns of 2004
4th - Investment Insights: The ongoing conflict in Iraq - implications for investors
4th - Opinion: Living on borrowed money and time
7th - Monday 7th February 2005
7th - Mortgage rate war fuels housing confidence
7th - Lend Lease acquires 50% of Golden Square shopping centre
8th - Walker Capital moves into retail
8th - Cadmus reports half year npat of almost $1M
9th - Auckland property market takes a holiday
10th - Launch of Turners smart auto centre
11th - Blue Chip announces changes to board of directors and cfo
11th - NZ Finance enters agreement to acquire mortgage broking business
11th - Opinion: Can the sharemarket's rosy run continue?
11th - Analysis: What's behind the jobs growth and unemployment fall
14th - Monday 14th February 2005
14th - NZ Top 50 in healthier state: rater
14th - Housing market definitely slowing: QV
15th - Beauty Direct shareholders approve acquisition
16th - Fat Funds seeks A$40 million
17th - Super Fund branches out into property
17th - ANZ National loses a little mortgage market share
18th - Invite: Financial planning forum - Wellington
18th - Week: Contact to make more money, "It's as simple as that"
18th - Mixed signals coming from property market
18th - 2nd Annual Property Investors Survey
21st - Monday 21st February 2005
21st - Retirement Scheme gets report card
21st - Kiwibank posts profit and grows mortgage market share
22nd - Salvus reveals some of its holdings
23rd - Telecom convicted for failure to disclose costs
23rd - Santos achieves 16% profit improvement in 2004
23rd - CanWest buy Gisborne frequencies
25th - Opinion: Dr Cullen urges us to become a nation of shareholders
28th - Monday 28th February 2005
28th - BNZ tries to start another home loan price war
28th - Westpac and BNZ say profits OK after price war
March 2005
1st - Cabletalk Group appoints independent director
1st - Blue Chip announce rights issue for existing shareholders
1st - Ogden appointed to Capital Properties board
1st - My portfolio: Buy local
1st - Cashed up
1st - Economics: A rainy day
1st - Looking chipper
3rd - Fat Prophets make no promises
3rd - Trading halt for Prime Infrastructure
3rd - ACCC rejects Pacific Brands' acquisition of Joyce
4th - Prime Infrastructure raise A$90m in placement
4th - Opinion: Vertex takeover bid follows plastics board meltdown
4th - Life Pharmacy transaction meets final condition
7th - Monday 7th March 2005
7th - Vertex chairman tells shareholders to wait for valuation advice
8th - RetailX to acquire Plus SMS for shares
8th - Cube Capital acquires IT Group
9th - Pacific Retail appoints Macquarie as advisor for finance listing
10th - Reserve Bank increases OCR to 6.75%
10th - Bollard raises rates, leaves the door open for more
11th - Opinion: Will Bollard's tough call tip economy into recession
14th - Monday 14th March 2005
14th - Westpac only bank to move rates - so far
14th - Repco settles litigation with National Parts
15th - Kiwi Income Property Trust records $60M revaluation gain
15th - Stobo report ideas may be shelved
16th - Eastern Hi Fi post full year profit
17th - Securities Legislation Bill under fire
17th - Horizon Energy chief executive resigns
18th - Opinion: Summer blows hot and cold for retailers
21st - Monday 21st March 2005
21st - Home Loan rates keep rising
23rd - Masthead astonished by high valuation
23rd - Jonathan Mason appointed to the Carter Holt Harvey Board
23rd - Urbus & ING due diligence nearing completion
23rd - Super fund goes alternative
24th - Opinion: Kiwi dollar may pay the price of our overspending
25th - Monday 25th April 2005
28th - Monday 28th March 2005
30th - Kiwibank sneaks into home loan war game
30th - Cadmus, Ian Bailey
30th - Delegat's warns of lower year end profit
30th - Provenco increases profit projection
April 2005
1st - Margin of error
1st - Buy, Sell, Hold: It really is a renaissance
2nd - Monday 2nd May 2005
4th - ANZ not to proceed with trustee merger
4th - New all terrain amphibious craft developed by Sealegs
4th - Monday 4th April 2005
5th - Small bank takes on large ones for big loans
5th - In-principle agreement reached at Lyttelton Port
6th - NZ Institute puts forward radical savings plan
6th - Wrightson and Elders reach agreement on Rangiuru saleyard
8th - Tower appoints new head of general insurance and direct
8th - Market Review: The end of the golden weather?
9th - Monday 9th May 2005
11th - Monday 11th April 2005
12th - Bank Direct raises two-year rate
13th - Computershare to acquire Pacific Corporate Trust Company
13th - Commission releases draft determination on Telecommunications Act
13th - National Bank to cut trail commissions
14th - NZX issues statement of case against Access
14th - Air NZ signs contract with Virgin Blue
15th - Opinion: Oh, Fonterra! What to do with your mountain of cash
18th - Monday 18th April 2005
20th - Foster's and Southcorp placed in Trading Halt
22nd - Opinion: Carter Holt Harvey Going Nowhere Fast
22nd - Book Review: Exploding the Myths
22nd - Masthead ups Vertex Offer as new Bidder Prowls and Withdraws
27th - Liddell Unlikely to Make Big Difference at Microsoft: Analysts
28th - OCR unchanged and unlikely to fall soon
28th - Buying shares on lay-by
28th - Economists reckon RBNZ wants to raise rates again
29th - New hotel for downtown Hamilton
29th - Due out soon: Investment Yearbook 2005
29th - Opinion: Rug pulled out from Feltex investors
May 2005
1st - Stock answers
2nd - New Book Shows Portfolio Investing Is Not Rocket Science
2nd - Fisher & Paykel Appliances, John Bongard
4th - RB governor warns of higher rates
6th - Opinion: Pre-election carbon tax announcement brave or foolhardy
6th - Book Review: Portfolio Investing Is Not Rocket Science
9th - Home loan rates look to head higher
10th - Macquarie's notes don't reach the highpoint
11th - Ryman Healthcare gifts $90,000 to Age Concern
13th - Sky City reduces earnings expectations
13th - Sealegs announces rights issue
13th - Expo: Property & Investment Expo 2005
13th - Opinion: Don't expect an imaginative approach in Cullen's budget
15th - Govt to review non-bank financial products
16th - Monday 16th May 2005
16th - PPCS cleared to acquire Venison Rotorua Limited
17th - Home loan rates in holding pattern
17th - Horizon announces record profit
19th - Govt announces detail of workplace savings scheme
19th - Government to help more people buy homes
19th - Treasury forecasts housing downturn
20th - Ryman annual net profit up 28%
23rd - Monday 23rd May 2005
23rd - Task Force presents its options
24th - Long term home loan rates continue to fall
27th - Book Review: Warren Buffett Wealth
27th - Should Financial Advisers be regulated?
27th - Opinion: Woolworths indulges in some serious retail therapy
28th - Banks start home loan war again
30th - Monday 30th May 2005
31st - ING Property Trust gets OIC approval for Urbus offer
31st - Renaissance Corporation, Paul Johnston
31st - Home loan wars - Round 3
June 2005
3rd - Market Review: New Zealand at an economic and savings cross roads?
3rd - Opinion: Rates choice easier for Bollard but not straight forward
3rd - Book Review: Wink and Grow Rich
4th - Monday 4th July 2005
6th - Monday 6th June 2005
7th - Perception of wealth misleading
7th - Competition keeps rates down
8th - Savoy appoints new director
9th - OCR unchanged at 6.75%
9th - Bollard leaves rates unchanged but talks tough
9th - Two banks cut key mortgage rates despite hawkish statement
9th - Off the record
9th - Growing up
9th - Balancing the books
10th - Opinion: Mark's kingdom of Weldonia shrinking
10th - Fisher Funds buys competitor
11th - Book Review: The Complete Guide to Residential Property Investment
12th - Commission ups ante on share scams
13th - Monday 13th June 2005
14th - More long-term home loan rates fall
17th - Opinion: Sandflies hover at tourism's big picnic
17th - Book Review: The Warren Buffett Way
20th - Monday 20th June 2005
20th - Trading halt placed on Aurora Minerals
20th - Feltex announce profit downgrade, chief executive to step down
20th - Managed fund returns strong in May
20th - NZX to close at 5.30pm
21st - Few bite BNZ bait
21st - Aurora Minerals enters Joint Venture
21st - Abano Dental announces acquisitions
21st - Super Fund commits to private equity fund
21st - Testing times
21st - Kiwi Income Property Trust, Angus McNaughton
24th - ING Property Trust successful in Urbus takeover bid
24th - Toll purchase MoorMaster
24th - Opinion: F&P Appliances, a nimble David among a world of Goliaths
27th - Monday 27th June 2005
28th - Slowing economies keep rates down
28th - Offer for Ports of Auckland now unconditional
29th - Jasons offer closes fully subscribed
29th - What goes up?
July 2005
1st - Opinion: NZSX abuzz with takeovers, but what about average Joe?
5th - PGG and Wrightson announce intention to merge
5th - More short-term rates rise
8th - NZOG raises $42.5 million from exercise of options
8th - Kidicorp suspended by NZX
8th - St Laurence buys Central Park
8th - Book Review: Trade Like Jesse Livermore
8th - Market review: A mid-year report card
8th - Opinion: Share investors undeterred by R-word
11th - Monday 11th July 2005
11th - House prices look to be levelling out: QV
11th - Locals take more of NZ sharemarket
11th - Complaints over Oyster thrown out
12th - Kiwibank tries to stir some action
13th - Southern Cross launches health management account
14th - Auckland Airport's green move to steam technology
14th - UK manufacturing deal for Comvita Medical
15th - Book Review: For Richer or Poorer
15th - Opinion: Is there method in the market's madness
15th - Central Otago Lakes region New Zealand's most expensive real estate - REINZ
15th - Share ownership levels increase
15th - Monday 15th August 2005
18th - Monday 18th July 2005
18th - Tax changes not likely to encourage local investment: AMP
19th - Lifestyle property prices up
19th - PFI reports increased revenue and net profit for first half of 2005
22nd - Evergreen looks to wind farm
22nd - China revalues and floats currency
25th - Monday 25th July 2005
25th - Investors more cautious about future returns
25th - Certified Organics post half year loss of $599,000
28th - Salvus talks about its holdings
28th - Cash rate left unchanged
28th - Bollard holds rates, but still talks tough
28th - Abano Healthcare Group, Alan Clarke
28th - Waltzing with Matilda
29th - Retail funds under management reach $20 Billion
August 2005
1st - Monday 1st August 2005
4th - Where to for interest rates
4th - Financial adviser task force wants co-regulation
5th - Market review: The runaway (sharemarket) freight train
5th - Opinion: Air NZ will fly above trans-Tasman bloodbath
8th - Monday 8th August 2005
8th - House price inflation accelerates yet again
9th - Lenders tweak rates
10th - Minto's pay at Tower revealed
12th - NZ Finance expects 50% return on investment
12th - Tower revamping workplace super business
12th - Opinion: Is NZ Dairy Foods ready for the flick after this week's deal?
17th - Tourism Holdings, Dennis Pickup
19th - Sharemarket Reading
19th - Opinion: Hart surgery for Carter Holt may be a chainsaw massacre
22nd - Monday 22nd August 2005
24th - Tough money laundering rules proposed
26th - Comvita appoints new ceo
29th - Monday 29th August 2005
30th - Promina falls after results
September 2005
1st - Mortgage war bites
2nd - Opinion: Telecom's brave new world has a familiar ring
3rd - Monday 3rd October 2005
4th - Household wealth just keeps growing
5th - Monday 5th September 2005
6th - Mortgage decisions held off due to election
7th - ASB warns investors
7th - Smartshares to manage Super Fund portfolio
8th - Tower and InsuranceLine enter long term partnership
9th - Market review: Roll out the (pork) barrel...
9th - Just the facts, ma'am
9th - The step forward
10th - Monday 10th October 2005
12th - Monday 12th September 2005
12th - BNZ sues NZX and Deloittes over Access collapse
15th - RBNZ leaves OCR unchanged
15th - Full takeover of Capital Properties launched
15th - CHH independent directors reject Hart offer
15th - ING picks up NBNZ funds
19th - Monday 19th September 2005
21st - Mercer Super Trust to get GRT funds
22nd - Briscoe Group managing director, Rod Duke
23rd - Opinion: All credit to the nation's spenders
26th - Monday 26th September 2005
28th - Reserve Bank to hike rates in October: ANZ
30th - Opinion: Graeme Hart cooks up bread and butter offering
October 2005
4th - NZ Super Fund commits another $20 million to private equity
7th - Hongkong bank mortgage market share, profits drop
10th - House price inflation accelerates
10th - Buying Shares
11th - Just one fall in a week of rises
13th - Investor Interview is with NZ Finance Holdings
14th - Opinion: Telecom may hang up on AAPT
14th - On the carpet
14th - Paying the price
14th - Can't get by without me gumboots
17th - Monday 17th October 2005
18th - Flurry of fixed rate increases
19th - Nil return expected from shares: broker
21st - Opinion: Reserve Bank hawks the talk, time to walk the walk
24th - Monday 24th October 2005
24th - Some economists not sure a rate rise is wise
25th - New Zealand Finance Holdings: John Callaghan
26th - Home loan rate rises slow - briefly
27th - OCR increased to 7%
27th - Householders being told to pull their head in
28th - Opinion: Carter Holt's dreadful quarter may obscure wood for trees
31st - Monday 31st October 2005
31st - Telephone share scams given new twist to con Kiwis
November 2005
1st - Home loan rate rises pick up
1st - Tower upgrades profit forecast
2nd - Mike Pero Mortgages to start insurance business
2nd - NZ Windfarms Ltd
2nd - NZ Windfarms' $8 mil IPO offer
4th - Market Review: History repeating?
5th - Opinion: Are we heading back to 1987?
7th - Monday 7th November 2005
7th - Housing market doesn't look like listening to RBNZ
8th - Floating rates may go even higher
10th - Power to the people
11th - Biotech rollercoaster
11th - Hail the post-heroic leader
11th - Opinion: NZ market turns beerish for Lion Nathan
14th - Monday 14th November 2005
14th - House price inflation moderated in October
15th - Market prices in another hike after data release
18th - NZ Finance launches $20.63 million takeover bid for Mike Pero Mortgages
21st - Monday 21st November 2005
22nd - Governor quiet, rates rise
25th - CanWest MediaWorks NZ: Brent Impey
25th - The big race
28th - Monday 28th November 2005
29th - Rate rise expectations anchored
December 2005
1st - Building blocks
1st - Woosh gets a dial tone
2nd - Opinion: Wine spat saga continues after court ruling
5th - Monday 5th December 2005
5th - Rate rise widely expected this week
6th - Book Review: Pay Zero Taxes
6th - Eyes turn to RBNZ announcement
8th - Power to the people
8th - Reserve Bank increases OCR to 7.25 per cent
8th - Bollard raises rates but talks less tough than expected
9th - Market Review: The year of the balanced fund
9th - Opinion: End of tightening cycle may be a turning point for investors
12th - Monday 12th December 2005
12th - Provenco Group Ltd: David Ritchie
13th - Lenders slow to hike rates
13th - Finance company merger planned
15th - Mike Pero directors urge shareholders to reject takeover offer
16th - Driving the brands
16th - Opinion: Why global diversification is good
16th - Opinion: Goodman Fielder to make welcome return to NZX
16th - Monday 19th December 2005
20th - Floating rates rise, but some others fall
20th - 2005 Review: Investors took Graeme Hart as their pacemaker in 2005
22nd - PINs raises $30 million
23rd - Monday 26th December 2005
23rd - Opinion: Sharemarket proves resilient in face of doom and gloom
28th - 2005 Review: Scandals, egos and dummy spits in the business world
29th - 2005 Review: Top three NZ deals for 2005 all involved Graeme Hart
29th - Smart money
30th - Fisher looks to close discount
30th - Monday 2nd January 2006
30th - 2005 Review: Living in a material world