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Banks’ performance highly rated

- A public opinion survey has found a high level satisfaction among bank customers, the New Zealand Bankers’ Association said today. The survey also measured perceptions of the banking sector’s strength and acceptable profit levels. Seventy-seven per cent of respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with their main bank, with only nine per cent dissatisfied or... Read more »
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Beware online banking scams

- The New Zealand Bankers’ Association today encouraged people to be wary of online banking scams as part of Fraud Awareness Week 2014. “Online scammers are constantly thinking up new ways to trick people into handing over personal information,” said New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Kirk Hope. “Never give anyone your PIN or internet banking... Read more »
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Loan shark law welcomed

- The New Zealand Bankers’ Association has welcomed the third reading of the Credit Contracts and Financial Services Law Reform Bill in Parliament last night. The law change aims to crack down on loan sharks and requires lenders to act with skill, care and diligence in all dealings with a borrower throughout the life of a... Read more »
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US tax law to take effect in New Zealand

- New Zealand banks are moving to implement their obligations under the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The US law aims to reduce tax evasion by US persons using financial accounts outside the United States of America. It does so by requiring participating financial institutions around the world, including New Zealand banks, to... Read more »
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Budget 2014: Sound economic management pays dividends

- The government’s sound economic management has begun to pay dividends said the New Zealand Bankers’ Association today in response to Budget 2014. “The Budget shows that the New Zealand economy is on the right track with a return to a small surplus in 2014/15 and then with surpluses forecast to increase moderately in future years,”... Read more »
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Reserve Bank finds banks in good shape

- The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s Financial Stability Report released today has found that the financial system remains sound and is well placed to support economic expansion. “The New Zealand banking industry is in good shape, remains strong, and is well capitalised and regulated,” said New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Kirk Hope. “Recently reported... Read more »
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Banks supporting economic growth

- KPMG’s Financial Institutions Performance Survey analysis for the quarter to December 2013 released today has found that New Zealand’s economic development and the banking industry’s strength go hand-in-hand. “Our strong and stable banking system provides a great platform for economic growth. That growth is possible because banks are providing funding to businesses across a range... Read more »
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ASB to chair New Zealand Bankers’ Association

- ASB Bank chief executive Barbara Chapman has been elected chair of the New Zealand Bankers’ Association for 2014/15 and takes on the role today. BNZ chief executive Andrew Thorburn was elected deputy chair. “The association plays an important role representing the banking industry on a range of issues with a range of stakeholders,” said Barbara... Read more »
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Drought-affected farmers encouraged to talk to their banks

- Drought-affected farmers should talk to their banks said the New Zealand Bankers’ Association in response to increasingly dry conditions in parts of Northland and Waikato. “We encourage any farmers facing hardship as a result of the lack of rain to contact their bank to discuss options for assistance and how they can work through these... Read more »
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OCR rise well signalled

- The 25 basis points rise in the Official Cash Rate to 2.75% announced by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand today was widely expected said the New Zealand Bankers’ Association. “The OCR rise has been clearly signalled by the Reserve Bank Governor for some time, and comes as no surprise,” said New Zealand Bankers’ Association... Read more »