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Direct debt, equity handbook launched for planners

New direct debt and equity research handbook launched for NZ financial planners

23 June 2005 – New Zealand’s financial planning community will, for the first time, be able to access the latest direct debt and equity research on the biggest Trans-Tasman companies following the launch of the quarterly, Rapid Ratings’ NZ Adviser Research Handbook.

The publication content is provided by credit rating agency, Rapid Ratings, with production being managed by investment publishing house brillient!, and distribution, exclusively through its online information and tools service for NZ financial advisers, www.financialalert.co.nz

For an annual subscription fee of AUS$495.00, subscribers will receive the quarterly Research Handbook, which includes:

- A feature research article,

- The proprietary Rapid Ratings’ debt securities Optimal Yield Curve,

- Details of the top debt buys and sells based on Rapid Ratings’ assessments of over 60 listed and unlisted debt issues,

- Details of credit ratings and buy/sell/hold signals and the top buys and sells from the TransTasman Top 100 companies, along with a series of relevant one page reports.

The subscription also provides access to an exclusive Rapid Ratings’ reports website where subscribers can purchase detailed equity reports on a selection of 250 of the largest listed companies in Australia and New Zealand as well as debt rating reports on more than 60 New Zealand debt issues.

Dr, Patrick Caragata, managing director and CEO of Rapid Ratings, said: ‘Objective, accurate and timely information on New Zealand debt and Trans-Tasman equity markets is in short supply. The handbook and related website will give financial planners the research tools they need to ensure they yield significant and improved returns for their clients.’

Graham Rich, director and publisher at brillient!, added: ‘With regulation looming for financial advisers, and an ever increasing array of direct debt and equities being available to investors, and recommended by advisers, the Research Handbook is a timely innovation to assist better advice practice.’

For more information on the handbook email: mail@financialalert.co.nz or go to www.financialalert.co.nz/tools to subscribe online.

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Rapid Ratings’ System

At the heart of Rapid Ratings’ software-driven research are 25 industry-specific quantitative financial models that generate credit risk ratings for approximately 15,000 global companies. Rapid Ratings uses audited publicly available corporate financial data as inputs to generate a risk rating. Each industry model employs 62 financial ratios and a sophisticated multivariate econometric global benchmarking system. The models include a database of over 250,000 companies that reference 25-30 years of financial data.

Rapid Ratings’ Background

Rapid Ratings provides corporate financial health research on both listed and unlisted companies in the US, the UK, Canada, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand for investment funds, brokers, banks, large creditors, financial planner networks, financial advisors, accounting firms and retail investors.

Rapid Ratings is the only licensed (Australian Financial Services Licence No. 230770) Australasian-based research firm to provide equity recommendation reports to some top research firms on Wall Street through the Bank of New York Jaywalk in the “global settlement” selection. Rapid Ratings’ research is now available on Bloomberg and will shortly be seen on several global networks.

Rapid Ratings is 76% owned by Collection House Limited, an Australian company that is listed on the ASX. Rapid Ratings has offices in New York, Toronto, Singapore, Sydney, Brisbane and Wellington.

Rapid Ratings’ Warning

Rapid Ratings recommends investors and potential investors obtain their own independent financial investment and taxation advice that takes into account any relevant qualitative information before making any investment decision.

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