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Part of the volatility on international financial markets since the start of 2016 has been related to the concern about the highly leveraged European banks and whether they will be able to pay the interest on the CoCo’s (Contingent Convertible bonds) that they have issued...
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There are three main 'asset classes' when investing.  Fixed Interest, Property and Equities (Shares).  These are then often separated into New Zealand, Australian and International sub categories.  It is easy to think that the Fixed Interest asset class is straightforwar...
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What on earth are you talking about?? How can there be a 'secondary market for Fixed Interest? For investors used to only investing in Term Deposits, this is quite a logical question.  However, Term Deposits are a very small part of the 'Fixed Interest' market of investmen...
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How do Credit Ratings work?

January 29, 2014
Credit Ratings are a good guide to the 'risk' involved in a financial security.  While there has been controversy during the Global Financial Crisis about the value of these credit ratings, they are still a valuable tool to assess the 'quality' of an investment that you ar...
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