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Don’t get caught by phishing scams this summer

- Never give anyone your PIN or internet banking username or password said the New Zealand Bankers’ Association as we head into the summer holidays “Your bank will never ask you for this confidential information,” said New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Kirk Hope. “You should never disclose passwords and other security information to anyone. If... Read more »
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Interest-free overdrafts for Novopay-affected teachers

- All retail banks are offering interest-free overdrafts to teachers and other school staff affected by the Novopay payroll system issues from now until 15 January 2013. “Banks across the board are supporting their customers here. This issue affects the largest single payroll in the country. It’s about helping ensure affected teachers and staff continue to... Read more »
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Banking industry profits in the middle of the pack

- The New Zealand Bankers’ Association today released long run bank profitability data which compares returns on equity for New Zealand banks against NZX listed companies. Independent analysis undertaken by Massey University showed that retail banks’ average return on equity over the last five years fell in the middle of the range compared to NZX listed... Read more »
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Banks support financial outlook

- The Reserve Bank’s latest Financial Stability Report issued today has confirmed that banks are supporting New Zealand’s financial outlook in the face of ongoing global economic challenges. “Well-regulated strong banks are part of New Zealand’s current success compared to other countries,” says New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Kirk Hope. The report identified a number... Read more »
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Steps towards FATCA agreement applauded

- The New Zealand Bankers’ Association today applauded the government’s decision to seek an inter-governmental agreement between New Zealand and the United States which will help financial institutions comply with new US tax reporting requirements. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, also known as FATCA, is designed to ensure US citizens resident in other countries meet... Read more »
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Banks fit to face challenges

- KPMG’s Financial Institutions Performance Survey (FIPS) report for the quarter to 30 June 2012 confirms that New Zealand banks are well placed to meet ongoing challenges. Those challenges to the banking sector, and the wider New Zealand economy, include the continuing European debt crisis and a slowdown in the Australian economy, our largest trading partner.... Read more »
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Regulator’s KiwiSaver guidance disadvantages consumers

- By rewriting the law, the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is doing consumers a disservice says the New Zealand Bankers’ Association. Following the release of the FMA’s guidance note on the sale and distribution of KiwiSaver, Bankers’ Association chief executive Kirk Hope expressed serious concerns. “This is bad for consumers because it limits access to information... Read more »
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Banks top satisfaction surveys

- A recent survey has revealed that most people rate their bank highly, and that the banking sector in New Zealand rates well above other service sectors. “Banks put a huge effort into customer service and it’s great to see this reflected in the survey results,” says New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Kirk Hope. The... Read more »
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Get financial advice

- As part of Money Week (2 – 8 September), the New Zealand Bankers’ Association is encouraging people to get financial advice on how best to manage their money. “Getting advice about your finances and how best to meet your needs and aspirations is a good idea for everyone. It’s about making informed decisions to manage... Read more »