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Finance Industry Leaders Discuss How To Grow NZ Investment

28 August 2012

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Finance Industry Leaders Discuss How To Grow The Investment Of New Zealanders

Many of the country’s leading participants in the finance industry will meet in Auckland next week to discuss the challenge of growing the pool of savings in New Zealand for investment back into the country.

The Institute of Financial Professionals New Zealand (INFINZ) is holding its 11th annual conference in Auckland on Wednesday, 5 September, which will this year be themed “Saving New Zealand”.

“Top of mind will be how to attract New Zealanders to direct their savings into productive investments,” says INFINZ Chairman David Green, who leads ANZ’s Institutional division in New Zealand.

Speakers at this year’s conference will include:

• Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce on the Mixed Ownership Model and growing NZ’s capital markets
• New Zealand Stock Exchange Chief Executive Tim Bennett on ways to increase the number of new listings on the NZX
• Former Australian Minister for the Asian Development Bank, Assistant Treasurer and their first Superannuation Minister Nick Sherry
• Co-founder of Australian company Ardea Investment Management, Ben Alexander, who manages more than $2.5 billion in assets.

“The line-up of speakers this year is very strong” says Green “with more than 25 political and business leaders and experts from across the finance industry contributing their time and expertise.”

Up for discussion will be:

• How to tailor products to make them attractive to retail investors
• The role of Kiwisaver in growing savings in New Zealand
• How the listing of Mighty River Power and other SOEs will create conditions conducive to medium-sized New Zealand businesses accessing equity
• The challenges and opportunities in listing on the stock exchange
• Lessons learnt from the Australian experience
• Issues faced by Boards of Directors and ways CFOs can help
• How the treasury function can add value to an organisation to achieve its overall objectives

“INFINZ and its members play a key role in developing and building confidence in the New Zealand financial and capital markets,” says Green. “One of our primary objectives is to support the continued evolution of the markets to create a better environment for New Zealanders to invest back into the local economy.”

INFINZ is the industry body for professionals working and participating in New Zealand's wholesale finance and capital markets. It promotes quality, expertise and integrity in the New Zealand markets and works with government, industry groups, regulators and policy-makers to advocate for improved and best practice laws.

The conference will be attended by more than 200 delegates from across the finance sector and business community. The conference is being held at The Langham Hotel in Auckland on Wednesday, 5 September 2012. For more information, or to register, visit www.infinz.com

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