2014 news releases

The rise and rise of the NZ dollar exchange rate – implications for the New Zealand economy

Over recent weeks there has been much commentary and analysis of what factors have driven the NZ dollar currency value to record post-1985 float highs. Reasons cited range from the ‘rock-star’ economy attracting capital inflows, to rising NZ interest rates when the rest of the world remains at 0%, global investors entering ‘carry-trades’ and aggressively buying the Kiwi dollar, benign conditions and extreme low volatility in international investment/financial markets, to positive reports on NZ from credit rating agencies and a weak US dollar.

Customers go digital and prepared to get personal with insurers for best offer

Increasing digital engagement with customers is essential to gain attention and ensure products and services stand out, according to PwC’s latest global report - Insurance 2020: The digital prize – Taking customer connection to a new level. Seventy per cent of insurance consumers now use a digital platform (price comparison websites, insurance sites and social media) to research before buying products or services.

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