Are Bonds A Safe Haven?
Jan08

Are Bonds A Safe Haven?

Alan Clarke is an authorised financial adviser with 24 years’ experience in the finance sector With global economies and share markets remaining in a state of flux, investors have been increasingly turning to bonds for yield and/or as a safe haven. What about gold as a safe haven? Gold prices have risen sharply during the past two years, but its price can also fall equally fast. Hardly a safe haven; rather a highly speculative asset....

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The Rumsfeld Effect
Jan08

The Rumsfeld Effect

By Jonathon Taylor, editor for Magazines Today Last year we profiled the Central City Business Association head Paul Londsdale. He was one of the drivers behind the Restart initiative to get the Cashel St container mall up and running. Leading up to the October 2011 opening Paul said time was of the essence and the need to get the mall open was immediate. The reason was because it doesn’t take long for behavioural changes in people to...

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Keeping An Eye On The Competition
Jan08

Keeping An Eye On The Competition

Kevin Vincent is a director of business improvement consultants Vincent and Nugent Limited – www.vincentnugent.co.nz Increased competition is a reality and driven by many factors, including the emergence of a global marketplace, the increased number of companies and new technology that makes it easier for them to enter new markets.  Competition is great. It drives you to continually improve. It drives the quest for and the...

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The Changing Face Of Our City
Jan08

The Changing Face Of Our City

Bob Stewart is a Business Recovery team leader at Recover Canterbury; part of a team of experienced and skilled Business Recovery coordinators who are helping earthquake-impacted businesses get back on their feet. To find out more visit www.recovercanterbury.co.nz Walk down the streets of Auckland, Wellington or Dunedin (in fact anywhere other than Christchurch), and mention business recovery in Christchurch and you’ll hear the same...

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Protecting Your Identity
Jan08

Protecting Your Identity

Angela Searle is a trademark attorney for Trade Mark Intelligence who works with both SMEs and global corporations. She can be reached at angela@tmintelligence.co.nz Your trademark is potentially one of your most valuable business assets. Your ability to use it, unimpeded, is something many of us take for granted. Come December, the Madrid Protocol is anticipated to come into effect in New Zealand and while this provides a simple,...

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Don’t sell – Communicate
Jan08

Don’t sell – Communicate

Suzanne Carter is the business development manager for website design and development company Limelight Online Ltd. To find out more visitwww.limelightonline.co.nz As every business owner knows, an effective marketing strategy is key to promoting your services/products in order to grow your customer base and your revenue. Traditionally, marketing has taken the form of print and radio advertising, seminars, emails to mailing lists and...

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