NZ Herald Q&A Column for Saturday, 18 December 2004
Stop loss strategy can in fact stop you from winning. A paragraph in a recent article in some of the newspapers that run this column caught my eye. “If you feel a bit more daring, yet want to retain a backstop strategy,” it read, “buy shares and sell them if they drop below 5 per cent of the purchase price. Sell once they increase above 10 per cent of the purchase price.”
Foreign exchange — the risk that often isn’t risky. Investing in offshore shares is riskier than investing in New Zealand shares, because of the foreign exchange risk, right? Not necessarily. For many people saving for retirement, it’s actually riskier not to invest offshore.
New share fund doesn’t need the hype. Naughty, naughty, NZX Funds Management! As a subsidiary of the stock exchange, you must know that it’s misleading to quote 12-month returns when selling a share fund. That’s way to short a period to judge any share investment. It’s not surprising, though, that NZX chose to advertise in large letters that an index on which its new FONZ fund is based had a dividend yield of 6.4 per cent in the year ending September, plus share price growth of 18.4 per cent.