Tony Alexander

Economic Commentaries

Sporadic 2 – April 8 2015

Wednesday April 8th 2015

Kiwi Falls 13% Against The USD
The Kiwi dollar may have backed away from parity with the AUD yesterday but that interesting crossover point is still likely to be breached within the next few weeks – or days. In this second Sporadic issue we take a quick look at factors driving not so much the NZD upward – as we have shed 13% against the greenback this past year – but the Aussie dollar downward. Those factors won’t reverse for quite some time so a highish NZD/AUD exchange rate will likely be around for a couple of years.

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Sporadic 1 – April 7 2015

Tuesday April 7th 2015

For The Love of Writing
In this issue number 1 of our new publication Sporadic, running to three pages, I invite people to give thought to what it means if interest rates stay at low levels for an extended period of time. While one usually jumps immediately to thinking as a borrower, the more interesting effects may be on investor behaviour, especially once one factors in not just the Baby Boomer bulge of people perhaps “needing” to boost their returns, but a slowly building expectation of living longer and needing retirment income over a longer period.

It adds up to increased demand for voluntary medical precedures, holiday homes, investment properties, and new workplace skills. There is scope for people to develop businesses to profit from these trends.

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