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This year’s Distinguished Speaker Series looks at finance – the twin topics of the country’s economic outlook and the management of personal finances. The presenters are two prominent commentators on financial and economic issues, Cameron Bagrie and Mary Holm.

Cameron Bagrie
Cameron is Managing Director of Bagrie Economics. Formerly, he was for 11 years Chief Economist at ANZ bank, and all up he has more than 25 years’ experience as an economist (and holds a Master’s degree in the subject from Canterbury University). Cameron has titled his talk, ‘The hand basin, bathtub or the toilet?’ – three possible answers to the question: ‘Where’s the New Zealand economy at?’

Growth has slowed, but is it really as bad as various surveys suggest? Cameron asks: “Are we set to turn the corner and climb up the other side of the hand basin, or are we still sliding down one side of the bathtub?” He will respond by giving his analysis of global economic conditions and prospects, and important New Zealand economic issues, including government policy, the actions and intentions of the Reserve Bank and key challenges to various sectors, including construction.

Mary Holm
Mary writes a personal finance column in the Weekend Herald and presents a regular financial segment on Radio New Zealand. Her latest book, Rich Enough? A Laid-Back Guide for Every Kiwi, was a top-seller, and she will bring along three copies of the book to give away at the Series.

Mary holds an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago. She is a director of Financial Services Complaints Ltd (FSCL) and a former director of the Financial Markets Authority and the Banking Ombudsman Scheme. Mary will talk about ‘Making the Most of KiwiSaver’ – whether you’re self-employed, an employer, an employee or a non-working partner, old or young, a parent or not.

Topics Mary will cover:
· Why everyone should be in KiwiSaver, regardless of employment or age;
· Which type of fund is best for you;
· Why league tables don’t work for KiwiSaver;
· What to tackle first – debt, mortgage or KiwiSaver.

30 CPD points – 15 Practice Management, 15 Core Professional Development

Please note that the livestream session will be viewable for up to two weeks post event (in case you can’t view on the day).
Register for the livestream at: https://www.nzia.co.nz/event/nziadistinguishedspeakerseries2019/Stream%20Event/708

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