excellent article, thanks to adam smith for pointing it out.
The Securities Commission must take some of the blame for these debacles, particularly where prospectuses and investment statements failed to clearly identify the risks associated with several public offerings.
the identification of issuers and the lack of strong accountability are good reasons why so many nzers invest directly in property. the answer is to fix the cause not the symptom. diplock needs to be replaced with a far more activist leader backed by the government.
December 20, 2008 at 8:08 pm
This is the very reason why so many NZers invest in property - the corporates are quite frankly idiots.
Have alook at the yield and capital gains that one would have gotten if youd have invested in the top 10 or top 20 and look over 10 and 20 years. They are the greatest wealth destroyers you could find. Just a few minutes of investigation tells anyone who checks that big NZ business is hoiw to loose lots of money - so go for property.
Yes property has ups ansd downs a bit - but no downs as bad as the corporates.
barry raises a good point. is it the nz business legislative, tax and competitive environment, which i struggle to believe or is it the attitude to business success and the quality of management available? Banks and Utilities make excellent returns from New Zealand. They have dominant shares and command prices that are not based solely on local economies of scale and competition. I believe that investment in equipment is discriminated against by the length of time the IRD allows assets to be depreciated over. I had the experience of buying a 17 year old piece of equipment internationally because that is all the business could afford.
The new Key government will need to focus on upskilling New zealand management. As someone who has spent the last few years working in the European head office of a sizeable multinational it becomes obvious how small, distant and relevant to world markets New Zealand really is. For New Zealand to prosper and increase productivity small companies going to market need to have available funds and investors need security.
To name 5 key things to improve NZ equity investor returns.
- Change the NZ SEC to be an enforcement agency
- Ensure that public issuers are educated and held accountable. Hotchin and others should be investigated and jailed for their roles in losses to NZ investors
- Improve corporate governance and management skills through executive education
- Change depreciation rates to the same as Germany. 100% in year 1.
- Legislation to ensure the risksof any investment are clearly and individually highlighted.