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What is the bigger risk for KiwiSaver investors?

14 October 2014

Fisher Funds Director Frank Jasper talks with Larry Williams about the less talked about risks facing KiwiSaver investors and he also touches on some of the misconceptions around KiwiSaver. more...

Fairy tale debut for Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba

7 October 2014

Fisher Funds Senior Portfolio Manager Roger Garrett discusses what made Alibaba the largest IPO in history. more...

The departure of the bond King

30 September 2014

Fisher Funds Managing Director Carmel Fisher reflects on the shock departure of Bill Gross from leading US fund manager PIMCO. Carmel shares her thoughts on whether the market reaction is justified and what his means for the fortunes of PIMCO and Gross’ new firm, Janus. more...

Are hedge funds losing their shine?

23 September 2014

Hedge Funds were once flavour of the month but investor sentiment towards these types of investment strategies is waning. Fisher Funds Chief Investment Officer Mark Brighouse looks at whether this trend is gathering pace and what lessons investors can take from this. more...

Global expectations pared back

16 September 2014

Fisher Funds Senior Portfolio Manager David McLeish talks to Larry Williams about the latest OECD report that downgraded the global growth outlook. David discusses the drivers of the downgrade, whether they are short-term rather than permanent and what the prospects for growth recovering is. more...

No sign of bear market just yet

9 September 2014

Fisher Funds Senior Portfolio Manager Roger Garrett looks at the factors keeping global share markets strong despite an inconsistent economic growth picture. more...

New Zealand company reporting season wrap up

2 September 2014

Fisher Funds Senior Portfolio Manager Murray Brown talks with Larry Williams about the three key themes that emerged in New Zealand company reporting season: increasing dividends, more earnings upgrades than downgrades and a mixed bag of results from Australian operations. more...

S&P 500 hits record level but where do investors need to focus their attention now?

26 August 2014

Fisher Funds Director Frank Jasper chats with Larry Williams in the wake of the S&P 500 hitting a new record level of 2000. While the milestone is significant the focus of investors really needs to be on “where to from here?”. Frank shares some thoughts from JP Morgan about the increasing need to be more selective and active in managing your investments. An appropriately diversified portfolio is more important than ever in today’s environment. more...

Australian company reporting season underway in a positive vein

19 August 2014

Australian company reporting season has started positively. Senior Portfolio Manager Manuel Greenland summarises the backdrop to earnings season and also highlights a couple of results that have seen investors judgement be guided by ambiguity rather than investing fundamentals. more...

Lessons on investor behaviour and valuations

12 August 2014

Fisher Funds Managing Director Carmel Fisher shares some key learnings on investor behaviour and valuations from two recent thoughts pieces from the Australian Future Fund and Jason Trennert. more...

Is recent volatility a sign of things to come?

5 August 2014

Global share markets experienced their first real bout of volatility in a couple of years last week. Fisher funds Chief Investment Officer Mark Brighouse puts the week into perspective commenting on recent improving economic news and what investors may be nervous about. more...

Reserve Bank of NZ puts the brakes on future interest rate hikes for now

29 July 2014

Where to for NZ interest rates and the Kiwi dollar now that the Reserve Bank has signaled a pause? Fisher Funds Senior Portfolio Manager David McLeish shares his thoughts with Larry Williams. more...

Wot happened to Wotif?

22 July 2014

Following the recent acquisition of Wotif by Expedia, Senior Portfolio Manager Manuel Greenland discusses with Larry Williams what prompted the sale and purchase, as well as whether or not other Australian companies might fear the same fate. more...

The murky world of IPOs

15 July 2014

Fisher Funds Senior Portfolio Manager Murray Brown delves into the process for setting the price for the sale of shares in Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) on the New Zealand share market. This has received media attention of late given the failure of the recent Hirepool IPO process and questions being raised about whether smaller investors are being fairly treated in IPOs. more...

Are all asset classes expensive?

8 July 2014

Fisher Funds Director Frank Jasper talks with Greg Boyd about the frothiness in the prices of all asset classes right now around the world and how this influencing investor behaviour. more...

Pickup in IPO activity a worldwide trend

1 July 2014

Fisher Funds Senior Investment Analyst, Ashley Gardyne, talks with Rachel Smalley about the rising number of IPOs coming to the market. What does it say about the confidence in the market? Is there a chance investors can become complacent? What does the IPO pipeline look like ahead? more...

Higher interest rates and higher Kiwi dollar set to continue

24 June 2014

Fisher Funds Fixed Income Manager Angela Quirk evaluates the forward path for both interest rates and the kiwi dollar over the next couple of years. What are the forces driving each variable and what are the implications for homeowners and exporters? more...

Controlling house prices & KiwiSaver Labour style

17 June 2014

Fisher Funds Chief Investment Officer Mark Brighouse delves into housing and KiwiSaver on the back of the IMF’s recent policy recommendation for controlling house prices and today’s announcement by the Labour Party on its KiwiSaver policy. more...

Dive in Aussie consumer confidence holds message for NZers

10 June 2014

Australian consumer confidence has taken a hit following last month’s federal budget and this is starting to show up in the retail sector. Fisher Funds Chief Investment Officer Mark Brighouse discusses these trends and whether there is a cautionary tale here for New Zealanders to heed. more...

Implications of rising nationalism for the global economy

3 June 2014

Rising nationalism is evident the world over. Fisher Funds Senior Portfolio Manager Roger Garrett talks with Larry Williams about how the impact this can have on the global economy. more...

NZ listed property sector proving popular

27 May 2014

Fisher Funds Senior Investment Analyst, Zoie Regan, discusses the resurgence in popularity of the NZ listed property sector in recent months. What has been driving performance and what is the lesson all investors can take from this? more...

IPOs look set to continue on NZX

20 May 2014

Fisher Funds Senior Portfolio Manager Murray Brown talks with Larry Williams about the pipeline of IPO activity for the New Zealand share market and whether the buoyancy of recent times is set to continue. more...

Is paper money as good as gold?

13 May 2014

Fisher Funds Senior Portfolio Manager David McLeish compares the different responses of central banks and governments to the 1930s Great Depression and the recent global financial crisis with Larry Williams. David explores the different outcomes that resulted and opines whether creating new money over the past few years helped the global economy from tipping into a depression or has it only succeeded in kicking the can down the road? more...

The Australian budget looks like hitting taxpayers in the pocket

6 May 2014

A leak across the Tasman has revealed that the upcoming Australian budget is looking to impose a series of “levies” or “taxes”. This announcement has been met with disdain by businesses and voters. Fisher Funds Director, Frank Jasper, looks at what has driven the proposal and what the impact on the Australian economy is likely to be. more...

Dissecting Labour's monetary policy announcement

29 April 2014

Fisher Funds Senior Investment Analyst, Matt Logan, chats to Larry Williams about the Labour Party’s monetary policy announcement. Matt reflects on the impact for the RBNZ, mortgage holders and retirement. more...

Is quality relevant for both growth and value oriented investors?

22 April 2014

Fisher Funds Senior Portfolio Manager Manuel Greenland discusses the characteristics of a “quality” stock and whether quality is relevant for both growth and value oriented investors. more...

The case of David Jones - a high price to pay for control

15 April 2014

Fisher Funds Chief Investment Officer Mark Brighouse examines whether Woolworth’s acquisition of David Jones makes sense given the challenging retail environment in Australia and DJs already elevated share price. more...

Fisher Funds take on the global investing environment

8 April 2014

Fisher Funds Head of Institutional, Andrew Lance, takes a trip around the investment universe sharing our thoughts on the key markets and their current valuations. more...

Corporate bond issuance back in favour in NZ

1 April 2014

Fisher Funds Fixed Income Manager, Angela Quirk, talks with Larry Williams about the key drivers of the recent raft of corporate bond issues in the NZ debt market. Angela also shares her thoughts on whether investors are getting a good deal and what they should look for when assessing whether to participate in these issues. more...

Retirement planning assumptions are just that

23 March 2014

Retirement planning assumptions are just that. Read Carmel Fisher's thoughts on the reality of entering retirement. more...

Should we be worried about rising interest rates in New Zealand?

18 March 2014

Fisher Funds Senior Portfolio Manager David McLeish talks with Larry Williams about the recent OCR hike and the implications for borrowers. more...

Is the sky the limit for Tesla?? A case for investing fundamentals

16 March 2014

In this week’s investing column, Carmel Fisher, examines the meteoric rise in the value of car maker Tesla’s share price. Trading more like a technology company than an auto business, its market capitalisation is now well out of whack with other car makers and valuation fundamentals. more...

What does Russia’s invasion of Crimea mean for the global economy?

11 March 2014

Fisher Funds Senior Portfolio Manager International Equities, Roger Garrett, who has invested in Russia for over 20 years, explains why Russia has occupied the Crimea region of Ukraine and what President Putin is trying to achieve. He also shares his thoughts on the possible fallout from this occupation on the global economy. more...

New Zealand’s Market Oscars

9 March 2014

New Zealand share and bond markets can do no wrong. In this week’s column, Carmel Fisher looks at two recently published reports that laud our financial markets. more...

Australian reporting season in a snapshot

4 March 2014

Fisher Funds Senior Investment Analyst Terry Tolich summarises the key outtakes from Australian reporting season with Larry Williams commenting on the divergent performances by sector and what companies need to deliver in order to met analyst’s expectations looking forward. more...

Retirement’s new buzzwords

2 March 2014

Retirement can bring mixed emotions for people as they are faced with a major change in their life. In this week’s investing column, Carmel Fisher reviews some new words that might now more accurately reflect the idea of retirement. more...

Old world versus new world investing. Buffett versus Zuckerburg

25 February 2014

Following the announcement of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp and the upcoming release of Warren Buffett’s annual shareholder letter, Fisher Funds Senior Portfolio Manager Frank Jasper, compares the different investing styles exhibited by Zuckerburg & Buffett, and asks what lessons us mere mortals can draw from these two successful businessmen. more...

Is the share market crash of 1929 about to repeat itself?

23 February 2014

Is the share market crash of 1929 about to repeat itself? In this week’s investing column, Carmel Fisher outlines the fallacies of patterns and what’s different this time. more...

How competitive is solar power and what impact is it likely to have on electricity prices?

18 February 2014

In the wake of the Green Party’s solar initiative, Fisher Funds Senior Investment Analyst, Zoie Regan, talks with Larry Williams about the competitiveness of solar power and its potential impact on electricity prices. more...

Is weather really a significant economic risk?

16 February 2014

Is weather really a significant economic risk? The World Economic Forum recently listed its sixth economic risk as a “greater incidence of extreme weather events”. In this week’s investing column, Carmel Fisher argues that the world has had extreme weather events for centuries and yet economies have continued to flourish. Maybe it is more convenient for the blame for any economic woes in 2014 to be laid at the feet of the weather gods. more...

The Pros & Cons of New Zealand companies' dual-listing on the ASX

11 February 2014

Why do some companies New Zealand companies dual-list on the ASX and what are they hoping to achieve? Fisher Funds Senior Portfolio Manager, Murray Brown, examines the pros and cons with Larry Williams in our weekly Newstalk ZB investment commentary. more...

Voting for prosperity. Another take on this year’s New Zealand election

9 February 2014

Election year can be unsettling for everyone – businesses, politicians and individuals alike. In this week’s column, Carmel Fisher reflects on a recent political speech she was privy to that left her feeling that New Zealand is in a relatively good position and those who win the election will be wise to undo all of the good economic progress. more...

Interest rates are headed north, but when and how far?

4 February 2014

In the wake of the Reserve Bank’s decision to keep the official cash rate unchanged last week, Fisher Funds Investment Analyst, Matt Logan, reflects on what the market is expecting in terms of rate hikes over the coming year and the likely impact for the property market and mortgages rates as a result. more...

The value of valuations

2 February 2014

What should we make of the current talk of overvalued markets? In this week's column Carmel Fisher examines the usefulness of the P/E ratio for predicting future market performance. more...

Testing Warren Buffett’s theory on wonderful companies

28 January 2014

Should you buy a wonderful company at a fair price or a fair company at a wonderful price? In this week’s investment commentary, Fisher Funds Senior Investment Analyst, Terry Tolich, tests a few 'Buffettism’s'. more...

Best investment ideas of the decade

26 January 2014

What will be the best investment idea over the next ten years? Farmland, the Chinese consumer sector, real assets, water, or yourself? Carmel Fisher summarizes a recent piece from leading Wall St players. more...

Saddle up for 2014 - the year of the horse

19 January 2014

At this time of year many commentators offer up their predictions for investment markets for the year ahead. Rather than join the scores of hypothesisers, in this week's article Carmel Fisher looks to draw lessons from 2013. more...

Political risk rising in NZ share market

17 December 2013

With 2014 an election year, Fisher Funds Senior Portfolio Manager, Murray Brown, looks back at previous election years to see what the NZ share market did and whether any trends are evident pre and post election. He also comments on the potential impact of the current political landscape on the NZ share market. more...

Why does currency matter?

16 August 2013

Why does currency matter? Mark Brighouse shares his thoughts. more...