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New exclusions to Booster’s socially responsible investment funds

We've updated our socially responsible investment funds with six new exclusions, taking our total number of exclusions to 15.

Booster Spotlight Series - Darling Group

A leading supplier of avocados and citrus in the New Zealand market, Darling Group is a family-run company providing fresh produce from local and international suppliers to major supermarkets year round.

The upside of ethical investing

What holds investors back from choosing to invest in ethical funds? It seems there’s still a widely held perception that ethical funds don’t perform as well as standard funds. Is this still the case?

Becoming an ethical investor

Ethical investing is important to Kiwi investors. But what is ethical investing? What does ethical investing mean? And can you invest your KiwiSaver savings ethically?

Are interest rates heading back up to ‘normal’?

The fixed interest investments (or bonds) in portfolios typically perform well during market stress, as investors favour low-risk assets that generate income. 2020 was no exception.

A dose of optimism

The big news in November (aside from the results of the US election) has been the release of positive Covid-19 vaccine outcomes.

What can we expect from a new POTUS?

The world held its collective breath during the recent US election. Although it’s pretty much expected that Biden will take over the Oval Office from 20 January 2021, he will likely face a Republican controlled Senate and divided government, potentially limiting his ability to make major legislative changes. So what does this mean for the markets?

Does ethical investing stack up?

Over three-quarters of New Zealanders expect their KiwiSaver investment funds to be managed responsibly and ethically, but there’s still a widely held perception that ethical investment funds don’t perform as well as non-ethical funds. So what are the factors that influence a funds performance, and how does excluding certain industries, such as fossil fuels, lead to better performance in an investment fund?

Booster Spotlight Series – Apple

Apple has been leading the way with cool tech, gadgets, and computers since the late '70s. They've now turned this innovative focus on their environmental impact, committing to reduce their carbon footprint and be carbon neutral by 2030. So how will this tech giant achieve such a significant reduction in their carbon footprint?

The effects of 2020 on the stock market and its recovery

How likely is it, really, that the stock market recovers from ‘the 2020 effect’?

Booster leads the way in responsible investing

Booster has been named as a leader in responsible investment in the 2020 Responsible Investment Benchmark Report New Zealand, issued by the RIAA.

Term deposits and low interest rates

The current low interest rate environment is making it harder for investors to get good returns on their investments. So, what can you do about it?

Booster Spotlight Series – F&P Healthcare

An iconic Kiwi brand, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare is a world leader in the design and manufacture of medical devices and systems. F&P Healthcare's Optiflow™ technology is proving essential as a front-line treatment option for Covid-19.

Engaging with the companies you invest in

Investing in a company isn't just about doing well when the company does well. It also means having a say in how the company is run. How does this happen and what does it mean for you as an investor?

NZ joins the ‘money printing’ club

The term ‘quantitative easing’ has been tossed around in the media recently, particularly in reference to the Covid-19 economic recovery.… But what does this actually mean?

Booster Spotlight Series – Dodson Motorsport

Dodson Motorsport is a world-leading brand in upgraded aftermarket dual clutch transmission components.

Booster Spotlight Series – Inhibit Coatings

NZ Innovation Booster invests in a number of exciting research and innovative start-ups, helping fund the ground-breaking research to the next level – while keeping IP right here in NZ - one exciting innovation is Inhibit Coatings.

Kiwis helping Kiwis in the Booster Tahi Fund

Global share markets have continued to bounce back from the big sell off in March, as investors started looking ahead to the gradual lifting of restrictions around the world.

Booster Spotlight Series – Rothschild Bank & Costco

Booster partner with several expert research houses to help deliver solid investment outcomes for our clients. One of these trusted advisers is Rothschild Bank.

Capturing opportunities while helping kiwi companies raise capital

With the effect of Coronavirus dominating the headlines around the world, we thought it was important to share our view on what is happening in the markets and what the key factors affecting your investments are during this time.

Booster Spotlight Series – Booster Wine Group

There’s no question that New Zealand’s wine industry is one of our biggest industries. Our wine is exported across the globe, and considered to be amongst some of the finest in the world.

Strategy and planning – when you need it most

The effect of Coronavirus are the main headlines around the world at the moment so we thought it was important to share our Booster view on what is happening in the markets and what the key factors are driving your balance up and down during this time.

Booster Spotlight Series – Sunchaser Avocados

To remain at the forefront of avocado production, Sunchaser has perfected the art of growing export-quality avocados on an island.

5 min chat: David Beattie – should I change my KiwiSaver fund?

There’s a lot going on in the world at the moment, which means there's a lot to take in – not least how it all affects your KiwiSaver investment or any other investments you may have.

Understanding market volatility in uncertain times

While market drops can be unnerving to watch, the strategic diversification and active components within Booster’s portfolios are working well to ease some of the downside risks.

The tragedy of the commons

Being stuck in traffic is no fun. No one likes the jerky start stops, increased stress and delayed schedules. It is tempting to wonder what would happen if half the people driving took the bus instead.

5 min chat: Alison Payne and PLPF

Alison Payne, Booster's Chief Operating Officer, discusses how Booster's Private Land and Property Fund is an alternative to traditional property investments, while investing back into New Zealand land and property.

Viruses and their effect on markets

Over the few past weeks, the media has been filled with information on the outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China. But how does this compare to other epidemics recently? And what has Booster done in response?

When the stock market reacts to global events

The markets might be reacting to the media reports of the coronavirus outbreak at the moment, but it's not unusual. Markets go through up and down cycles on a regular basis. The key thing to do is not panic and jump into any rash decisions.

Responsible investing toolkit

Responsible investing is an evolving space. Investors look at a range of factors, including non-financial disclosure information from companies, to determine investment opportunities. But how is this information actually used to make investment decisions?

A guide to socially responsible investing

Saving for the long term – whether for retirement, your first house, your kids’ education or perhaps that dream boat – is a process that takes some degree of patience. A lot of your time and effort is spent earning those savings.

Approaching christmas on a high note

Looking back over 2019, global share markets give us another reason to celebrate.

Booster's 'Be part of history' campaign

Earlier this year, we ran a series of adverts across Facebook and Instagram, focusing in on several key events in New Zealand’s history.

Investing in Booster's SRI funds

By avoiding investing in fossil fuels, Booster’s SRI funds align with my personal and business ethos: to live more sustainably and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Kiwi businesses taking on the world

Sadly the ball didn’t quite land the right way for us in the Rugby World Cup with the All Blacks tumbling out of the comp in the Semis. But feel rest assured that rugby is not the only place where Kiwis are able to compete on the world stage.

Kombucha and...KiwiSaver?

You’re the recycling guru, you always have a reusable bag on hand – because, whales! – and you’ve switched to using beeswax wraps for your leftovers.

The beauty of capital markets

What are Capital Markets and the benefit? How do they help us here in NZ? What’s been happening in the markets?

Ethically saving a first home deposit

Booster’s socially responsible investment funds helped Sofia save for her first home deposit ethically.

Becoming an informed ethical investor

David Beattie explains how knowledge is power and why online tools like Mindful Money help Kiwis to connect with where their money is being invested, so they can make better, more informed choices about how and why they should invest responsibly.

The siren call of ‘best performing’ investment funds

The siren song of the best performing investment funds remains difficult to ignore.

Time to stop investing in controversial weapons

Booster is pleased to announce it is one of the first New Zealand co-signatories calling for action on continued investment in controversial weapons.

Market drops - cause for concern?

Market movements like we have seen are a bit unsettling and unpredictable in the short term, but they are not unusual.

Spotlight Series

Booster's Spotlight Series shines a light on some of the interesting and unique investments within Booster's portfolios; helping you understand our investment rationale and creating a connection between you, your money and the wider world.

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