20 December 2017Astronomical returns can never be guaranteed. If a provider tells you you’ll be able to pay off your mortgage in two years or become a millionaire overnight, think twice.
This is a tactic being used by some websites offering to help you trade cryptocurrency. Only invest if you’re sure the claims they make are true.
15 November 2017 ‘Bob’ lost $67,000 after a cold-call from scammers who persuaded him to ‘invest’ in a pharmaceutical firm.
Read his story to learn the warning signs.
25 October 2017 If you’re thinking about buying or trading cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, or investing in initial coin offerings or token events , make sure you know how they work and understand the risks.
Read about cryptocurrencies to learn more.
2 October 2017
As part of World Investor Week 2017, we’ve put together some tips for smart investors. These include always using a licensed financial services provider, avoiding investing via offshore online businesses without understanding the risks, and ignoring unsolicited offers.
Read more about what you need to know when thinking about investing and how you can protect yourself.
28 September 2017
Fraud takes many forms. You may get a scratch-and-win card offering you the chance to win an exciting prize, an email requesting money or personal information, or a cold call from an investment company promising phenomenal returns.Watch the video above to hear John’s story – John lost $US40,000 in a cold call boiler room scam. You can also read his story here.
22 September 2017
Some businesses and individuals register on the Financial Services Provider Register (FSPR) to mislead overseas investors that their activities are regulated by us or other authorities.
We do not oversee or maintain the FSPR – the Companies Office performs this role – but we do have the power to deregister a business or individual or prevent them from registering in the first place.
Read about the work we’re doing to tackle misuse of the register and some useful case studies that provide examples of where we’ve taken action.
5 April 2017
We surveyed New Zealanders to find out their experiences of retirement and how information or advice has helped them manage their retirement savings.
Our findings show the sooner you start planning for retirement, the more likely you will be able to relax and enjoy it. People who looked for information or advice more than 10 years from retirement were most confident their money would last.
31 January 2017
Listen to Graeme Hill at RadioLive talk to the FMA’s Paul Gregory about how to avoid getting into trouble when investing online.
10 January 2017
January is typically the time we make resolutions for the year ahead, tighten our belts and look at ways to boost our finances.
Investing can be a great way to grow your savings, but it’s important to get it right. We’ve put together our top 5 tips for 2017 to get you started.
There are 2.6m KiwiSaver members with combined funds of $34 billion - equivalent to 14% of New Zealand’s gross domestic product (GDP).
The level of fees charged and level of investment return make a big difference to the size of your KiwiSaver nest-egg. We’re on a mission to make sure investors understand that impact and can make well-informed choices.
See our NZ Herald story and video
Listen to Duncan Garner talk to the FMA’s Paul Gregory about KiwiSaver fees
Listen to Duncan Garner talk to the FMA’s Paul Gregory about our role as both 'guard dog’ and ‘guide dog'.
10 August 2016
Investment scams are becoming more sophisticated. Fraudsters are smart, friendly, charming and persuasive. Websites look professional and you may even be given an online account showing details of ‘trades’ you’ve made. It can be hard to tell a scam apart from a genuine investment, which is why it’s even more important you know what to look out for.
6 July 2016
Kiwisaver survey reveals that less than a quarter of New Zealanders read their Kiwisaver statement.
Listen to Duncan Garner talk with the FMA’s Paul Gregory about why it is so important to understand your KiwiSaver statement.