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FM Global has released its 2022 global resilience index which ranks 130 countries on how well they can cope with stress and disruption. FM Global ranked NZ 19th, with a score of 86.8. The data aims to help inform strategic... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at moneyblog
In this post, a longer form news piece, we explore different views on the restructure of the governance bodies for the New Zealand health system. NZ’s 20 district health boards have been disestablished and replaced by Health New Zealand –... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at moneyblog
BNZ has launched a Carbon Emissions Calculator, a tool to help SMEs identify ways to reduce their emissions. “The Carbon Emissions Calculator is an absolute game-changer for SMEs, the New Zealand economy, and the climate, delivering specific advice to SMEs... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at moneyblog
The Financial Markets (Conduct of Institutions) Amendment Bill (CoFI), has been passed in Parliament. CoFI aims to ensure that financial institutions and their intermediaries comply with a principle of fair conduct and associated duties and regulations. Minister of Commerce and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2022 at moneyblog
Hospitals and urgent care facilities are under pressure, from influenza, Covid-19 and other respiratory illnesses. As of today, there are 383 cases of Covid-19 in hospitals across NZ. Hospitalisation rates for severe acute respiratory infections are exceeding rates for this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2022 at moneyblog
The Financial Management Authority (FMA) says cyber security must be a priority for the financial sector. The FMA has published an info sheet to help financial services firms enhance the resilience of their technology and operational systems and meet relevant... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2022 at moneyblog
Insurance Business Mag spoke to Chris Brophy about businesses’ insurance cover in a post-pandemic world. Vero’s annual SME Insurance Index finds only 10% of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) working with brokers have made changes to their insurance, despite... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2022 at moneyblog
Chatswood Consulting have taken a look at leading causes of death to identify areas where substantial life expectancy improvements could be made. We focused our analysis on reducing deaths during working life (from age 20 to 64). There are 2,562,000... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2022 at moneyblog
The FMA has published an eight-step action plan setting out the key steps needed to apply for a Class 1 or Class 2 FAP license. Applications need to be submitted prior to the target date of September 30 to be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2022 at moneyblog
Bernard Aw, economist for Asia-Pacific at Coface, has described intensifying inflationary pressures on NZ, warning that too strong an inflation rate has the potential to dampen economic activity. The consumer price index hit 6.9% in the first quarter of 2022,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2022 at moneyblog
The FMA has announced OnePath Life and Cigna Life will jointly pay $180,000 to the FMA after admitting liability for breaching the fair dealing provisions of the FMCA. While OnePath Life and Cigna Life did not directly make any misleading... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2022 at moneyblog
Several wake-up calls were made during the Financial Services Council’s Future Ready conference, in Queenstown on June 14th. The first, and perhaps the most shocking, was delivered by John Botica, Director of Market Engagement and Acting Director of Regulation at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2022 at moneyblog
You just have to look at the news recently to see any number of articles related to climate change, whether it’s the UN climate change report calling out fuel-inefficient SUVs through to councils proposing targeted rates to reduce emissions. At... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2022 at moneyblog
Insurance Business Mag reports on data from 7,000 Discovery Health members who recovered from acute COVID-19 show a higher risk of developing diabetes or hypertension in the months after their illness. More work needs to be done to discover if... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2022 at moneyblog
Insurance Business NZ reports on how Hays Salary Guide for FY22/23 spoke to insurance employees in New Zealand and Australia and found that 64% of New Zealand employees saying they intend to remain with their current employer. 52% saying they... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2022 at moneyblog
Stuff and Insurance Business NZ have both run articles around more kiwis reaching out for mental health support, especially women. Data from nib New Zealand shows there has been a 225% increase in psychiatric claims made between January 2019 and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2022 at moneyblog
An article in Stuff by Sophie Harris and Daniel Smith says kiwis should be ‘very concerned’ about genomic discrimination. NZ insurance companies are allowed to see the results of genetic tests, which has led to some people having difficulties getting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2022 at moneyblog
Swiss Re’s survey of 11,000 respondents worldwide finds online insurance purchases increase as consumers become increasingly concerned with their health and financial security since the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed consumers to seek out more regular health checks,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2022 at moneyblog
Life Expectancy is a key metric for assessing population health; it captures mortality along the entire life course and tells us the average age of death in a population. Our World in Data has some very interesting visualisations illustrating the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2022 at moneyblog
The Insurance Contracts Bill will repeal, replace and consolidate several Acts governing NZ’s insurance law. Olly Peers, partner at Buddle Findlay, believes care needs to be taken to ensure the Bill doesn’t make the insurance process more difficult for customers... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2022 at moneyblog
Insurance & Financial Services Ombudsman (IFSO) Karen Stevens is looking forward to the Insurance Contracts Bill. The bill aims to update and consolidate NZ’s existing insurance laws and make insurance contracts easier to understand and fairer to consumers. “As long... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2022 at moneyblog
Insurance Business NZ’s latest webinar covered cyber threats. Katrina Shanks shares some key takeaways from the webinar, including the three essential steps to becoming more resilient are 1) understanding cyber threats, 2) identifying vulnerabilities and 3) planning your response. ...large... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2022 at moneyblog
The Financial Markets Authority has published an information sheet for Financial Advice Providers about how they can demonstrate compliance with record keeping obligations. Under the new financial advice regime Standard Condition 1 for both transitional FAP licences and full FAP... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2022 at moneyblog
Fidelity Life has launched Mark It, a marketing and communications resource to help advisers better connect with customers - includes how-to-guides, communication templates and educational content. Mark it will include how-to-guides and communication templates designed for a range of customer... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2022 at moneyblog
David Hargreaves writes about how insurers are universally against development of a policyholder guarantee scheme on Most policyholders in focus group expressed some willingness to pay a little more for 'fully guaranteed insurance' so long as increased costs would... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2022 at moneyblog